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Job fair strives to open doors for students

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 11:43 PM

HUNTINGTON — Every work experience provides skills that can be transferred to your future career.

 

That’s one of the reasons that Marshall University Career Services hosted Job-A-Palooza on Wednesday, said Jennifer Brown, program manager for internships and experiential learning at Marshall. The event was a part-time job and internship fair in the Memorial Student Center featuring 27 employers hiring in fields such as banking, insurance, accounting, marketing and retail. Everything from gymnastics coaches to casino employees were sought.

 

It was more casual than Marshall’s semi-annual Career Expos, which target full-time positions and internships, Brown said. But it’s a great way to find a part-time job in college and learn valuable skills.

 

“It’s an excellent opportunity for students to start networking and learning those skills,” she said. “Freshmen should start as soon as they can getting experience. You have transferable skills from any position you work that can be valuable when you graduate.”

 

With today’s technology, some of the employers had students apply online rather than fill out paper applications, and applicants applied instantly using their cellphones. Meanwhile, Career Services utilized technology to get the word out about positions open at some of the businesses participating in the job fair. They tweeted about them using the hashtag “#jobapalooza.”

 

“We’ll list them on our website, so (those interested) can check them out and go onto JobTrax to get contacts for the companies,” Brown said.

 

She encouraged job-seekers to follow up after their interviews.

 

Among the job seekers there was Johnathan Gomez, a senior social work major, who was looking for part-time work and experience for his practicum needed for his degree.

 

“I always go to these things, even if I’m not looking, just so I can help other people,” Gomez said. “You never know what’s out there until you look.”

 

It was the third year that Bath & Body Works at the Huntington Mall participated in the job fair. Its representatives were there to get an early start hiring seasonal workers for the coming holiday shopping season, said store Manager Carmen Scott.

 

“It’s been very successful,” she said. “We hire over 100 associates

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