By Melissa Lopez
Cal Poly Pomona’s Career Center will host their Fall Career Fair this Thursday, Oct. 26.
The event will be held in University Quad from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
In preparation for the fair, the Career Center has been heavily planning and keeping in continuous communication with employers, vendors and organizations who will be participating in the event.
“We have done a massive amount of emailing with employers as well as contacting our third party vendors for all the tents, chairs, tables and umbrellas,” Bryn Hart, an administrative assistant, said. “It’s a lot of work that goes into reserving rooms and working with other clubs for events such as the Senior/Alumni Networking Breakfast before the fall fair.”
This year, 125 employers have been confirmed for the event.
Each company is expected to bring two to three representatives, allowing there to be anywhere from 250 to 375 employers on campus.
500 to 1,000 students are anticipated to attend the fair.
For organizational purposes, University Quad will be divided by industry.
There will be a business section, an engineering section and an all majors section.
Maps will also be available, in order for students to find their way around the quad and to plan out which tables they would like to visit.
The Career Center has also been holding events leading up to the fair, in an effort to prepare students.
Last Thursday, the Career Center held their Clothes Closet Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Career Center patio.
The open house allowed students to find professional clothing attire free of charge for the career fair.
The attire available included blazers, ties, dresses, skirts and dress shoes.
Many of the pieces still had their original price tags attached.
“Staff at the Career Center helped organize the donated clothes, so that it would be easier and more accessible to students in finding clothes that they would be able to fit into and wear,” Kyzl Estoesta, a third year English education student and student assistant at the Career Center said.
All items were donated by alumni, staff, faculty and employers in hopes of helping students thrive in their professional endeavors.
Although the open house has passed, students still have access to the Clothes Closet.
Students are encouraged to stop by the Career Center and choose up to four professional clothing pieces per quarter from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. with no appointment needed.
On Oct. 19, the Career Center held their Prep for Career Fair workshop in the Bronco Student Center.
The workshop allowed students to take notes on how to market themselves to future employers and those who will be present at the career fair.
A representative from Northrop Grumman led the workshop and provided students with tips and first-hand experience on how to prepare for the event.
The workshop was very generalized and covered how to make an introduction to an employer, how to network with them and tips on making resumes and cover letters career fair ready.
Past workshops have included Rock Your Resume, Succeeding at Interviewing and Managing Anxiety.
Because the Career Center cannot put on the career fair alone, they opened 40 temporary paid positions for the event.
Those newly hired will be setting up booths, directing employers and students to different areas and cleaning up after the event is over.
“Although students who were hired for the event are not directly at the fair to meet employers, they do have opportunities to meet and speak with them throughout the day,” Jrielle Sullivan-Giles, a second-year biotechnology student and student assistant at the Career Center, said. “Essentially they have several opportunities to network, since they are the first students employers see and continue to see.”
With the career fair now just days away, the Career Center encourages students to drop by from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. to get their resumes reviewed.
The advising sessions last about 15 minutes, and students are able to walk away with professional pointers on how to improve their resumes.
“Students should bring with them lots and lots of resumes and dress to impress because many employers do on the spot interviews, and you may walk away from this fair with a position,” Hart said.
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