230 seek to employ students

By Hannah Mueoz

Fall Career Day, an event sponsored by the Career Center, was
held Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Quad.

Two hundred and thirty employers were present, giving students
the opportunity to find internships, part-time jobs and full-time
jobs.

According to Tom Munnerlyn, director of the Career Center, about
2,000 students visited the event, which was open to the public.

“Employers were pleased with the student outcome,” said
Munnerlyn.

Most job seekers dressed in professional attire and brought
resumes for companies that interested them.

Each employer was provided a table to promote its company, and
they were available to answer questions and accept resumes. Not
only were employers analyzing qualified workers, but students were
searching for their ideal job match.

“Students were there to find out if the company was a good match
for them,” said Munnerlyn. “It was a two-way street.”

Most attendees were pleased with the assistance career day
provided them.

“It’s a good place to find work. There are a lot of
opportunities here,” said Dian Koeswandi, a fourth-year industrial
engineering student.

Career day also serves as a great opportunity for students to
become aware of the job search after graduation.

“It creates awareness for students to know they have to apply
for jobs,” said Hervey Malone, a 2006 graduate and development
associate for student affairs. “Students may not stress [about] the
importance of jobs if the career fair didn’t exist.”

Some students lounged around, as some sat on the pancakes and
watched the significance of the event.

“It’s really big and really cool,” said Leanne Morris, a
fifth-year foods and nutrition and liberal studies student.

Karen Capestro, the coordinator for the event, began planning at
least six months in advance. She contacted the employers through a
database, rented chairs and tables, found a lunch provider, and
worked with Parking Services to ensure parking spots for attending
organizations.

Employers in attendance included the Disney Company,
Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Albertsons, AT&T, the
Boeing Company, Los Angeles Police Department, Mercury Insurance
Group, Target, and Southern California Edison.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” said Lori Lombardo of
Consolidated Electrical Distributors, who attended the fair to
recruit students.

Most companies were enthusiastic about helping students and
answered any questions.

Munnerlyn encourages students to attend the upcoming career
fairs. A high-tech career day will be held Jan. 24, and the next
big career day for students of all majors is April 17.

“All majors and all students are welcome,” said Munnerlyn.

230 seek to employ students

Jeanne Nelson

230 seek to employ students

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