Students attend Engineering Career Fair

By Brent Spivey

Professionally dressed students equipped with binders, pens and resumes flooded the University Quad on Friday Oct. 27, in an attempt to land a dream internship or job.

The popularity behind these companies and organizations was evident when noticing the extensive lines that stretched around the walkway corners and into the grass area.

At one point, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) arranged interviews by major to accommodate the high demand of applicants.

Raytheon, AT&T, Northrop Grumman and Target were just a few of the many tables represented by reputable engineering and high-tech businesses and organizations.

The entire quad was engulfed with potential.

Oakley representative Alondra Guzman was at the event searching for industrial and mechanical engineering students to work on their popular sports eyewear.

“Cal Poly Pomona students are practical and develop the experience needed to succeed, that’s why we are here today.” Guzman said.

Employer tables laid out branding in the form of Rubix cubes, lanyards, binders, Frisbees, pens and apparel to entice students and to put a face to their brand name.

Prior to the fair, most students focused on building a strong resume and participating in Handshake.

Handshake is an online community that bridges employers to CPP students.

The best way to illustrate this website is “Facebook meets LinkedIn.”

The Career Center helps students use Handshake, which coincides with developing relationships with employers before even going to the event.

“The Career Center uses a database containing over 12,000 employers to extend its invitations for these events,” Career Center Director Tom Munnertyn said. “Outreaches to the Pomona and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, networking on weekends and hours of preparation right after the quarter started is what made everything possible.”

Many students are taking advantage of Handshake to minimize the interview process by storing resumes, transcripts and other useful information into their profile.

For Anjela Orlanes, a second-year computer science student, she uses Handshake to learn more about the certain companies.

“I would have never discovered Linquest Corp., if I had not used Handshake to make that connection, Orlanes said. “It’s professional like LinkedIn.”

Other students prepared for the event by wearing professional attire and earning credibility during their college years.

Computer information systems transfer student Jared Nealeigh learned a lot of the skills required by participating in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC).

“[Cal Poly Pomona students] are technical and employers value that hands on approach,” Nealeigh said.

The Cyber Defense Team facilitates mock “defense against hackers” activities and cyber security workshops.

“Clubs are a great way to earn credibility while in college,” Nealeigh said. “We’re like a sports team,”

The Career Center hosts seven career fairs throughout the year, which are exclusively for CPP students and alumni. Those fairs include: the Part-time Job Fair, the Fall Career Fair, the Engineering High-Tech Career Fair, the Graduate & Professional School Fair, the Hospitality Career Expo, as well as the Teacher Education Job Fair and the Spring Career Fair.

The Graduate and Professional School Fair is scheduled for Nov. 7 in the University Quad from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Students arrived with folders and folios containing their resumes

Brent Spivey / The Poly Post

Students arrived with folders and folios containing their resumes

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