Students Seek Employment at Career Day

By Matthew Trotter

More than 200 potential employers came to campus for the Career
Center’s Spring Career Day and Summer Job Fair Thursday.

College recruiting continues to be a strong source of new
employees for companies.

“The hiring of college graduates in 2007 is projected to
increase by 17.4 percent over last year’s hiring,” said Tom
Munnerlyn, director of the Career Center, in an article for
Polycentric.

Many students who ambled through the job fair had a simple goal
in mind and made sacrifices to attend the event.

“I’m graduating in August, and I want a job – a good job,” said
fourth-year accounting student Ashley Arrington.

Arrington took the day off work to attend. She said her boss
would understand because he knows she is graduating soon.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students were free to stroll through the
quad and interact with companies representing many different
industries.

There were retailers such as Kohl’s and Lowe’s, several law
enforcement agencies, and branches of the armed forces present.
Health care companies Kaiser Permanente and the American Red Cross
were also in attendance.

Companies and the Career Center stressed that all majors were
being recruited at the event. Officer Al Aachen of the Glendora
Police Department said the department was looking for students from
any major. Many candidates for higher-ranking positions are
recruited from colleges.

However, many companies seemed to be looking for business and/or
marketing students. Several companies were seeking out engineers.
Certain areas of study such as sciences, communications, sociology
and history, were not being recruited as actively.

Even some students who were sought after by employers were not
completely satisfied with the employers that came.

“Lockheed Martin is not here,” said Johnny Lo, a third-year
mechanical engineering student. “I was hoping for more auto
companies too.”

Other students’ complaints may be slightly easier to
address.

“They should put this on more often,” said Ramiro Nevarez, a
fourth-year international business and marketing management
student.

Most students in attendance took steps to prepare themselves to
meet the employers that may hire them soon. Nevarez selected
several companies he was interested in prior to the job fair. He
researched the companies, reviewed his resume, and created a unique
resume tailored to each company.

Lo thought a good resume was the key to being noticed too.

“I went to Resumaniac through the Career Center,” he said.

Brenda Rodriguez, a second-year international business student,
put a little more time into her preparation.

“Once I graduated from high school, I got involved in part-time
jobs and internships,” she said. “[Companies] are interested once
they see experience.”

No matter what majors companies were specifically looking for,
most seemed to be searching for well-rounded prospects.

Recruiters from Continental DataGraphics, a division of Boeing,
had signs at their booth that said, “Looking for Engineers.” The
company is looking for more than just a book smart engineer
though.

“We’re looking for somebody with strong analytical skills and
good technical writing skills,” said one representative.

If students could not find an employer that interested them,
there were at least a bevy of novelties and giveaways to be had
from the companies.

Bags filled with candy, Frisbees, giant pens, key chains, and a
seemingly endless variety of squishy toys were there for the
taking.

Matthew Trotter can be reached by e-mail at news@thepolypost.com
or by phone at (909) 869-3747.

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