Many local and national companies attended the recent job fair with hopes of recruiting Glendale Community College students. The Opportunity Fair took place March 21 in the Student Union from 10 am to 1 pm. This was hosted by the Career Services Center. Hiring managers and other company representatives handed out applications and accepted resumes. There were companies from several different industries in attendance and were eager to connect with students, many of whom are graduating in May.
Many companies were looking for fulltime employees, and some even were even providing internship opportunities and tuition reimbursement. Representatives from companies like Starbucks, UPS and Circle K were especially excited to connect with students because they regularly provide flexible schedules for busy college students.
Representatives shared their company’s values, and students were even encouraged to fill out applications and leave contact information for following up. Unlike some of the Job Fairs of the past, this event included many companies who were looking for fulltime employees interesting in finding a new career.
The event, which focused on networking, was coordinated by the Career Services Center. Students received a “passport” from Career Services upon entering the event. This pamphlet guided students to interactive zones where they received a stamp for participating. The zones included a dress for success activity where student guessed the price of a professional outfit from a second-hand store. A LinkedIn booth offered free professional photos to use on the networking website and employer and feedback zone where students could connect and receive feedback on their resumes immediately.
Participating businesses were mostly offering positions in service industries, but some companies like Riviera broadcasting, Bonneville Phoenix and Federated Insurance were on hand to assist students interested in starting their professional career.
The Arizona Conservation Corps, a local service program focused on leadership and community needs, was offering opportunities for students interested in working in protecting the environment. Students live and work together while receiving a living stipend and an AmeriCorps Education Award to help pay for tuition.
Starbucks recruited students interested in attending ASU by offering free tuition through their College Achievement Plan amongst other enticing benefits. U-Haul offered work from home positions and competitive pay with commission and bonuses as an incentive. Raquel Cullumber, a UPS recruiter, said “We offer permanent, part-time positions that pay 14 dollars per hour, not a lot of companies do that.”
The Opportunity Fair made companies accessible to busy students who may not have known what opportunities exist. Jobs seekers discovered what industries are booming in Phoenix and had the chance to make important connections that could lead to future career.