Career Fair draws thousands

By Melissa Lopez

Students and alumni filled the University Quad in their best business attire alongside representatives from various companies as Cal Poly Pomona’s Career Center hosted the Fall Career Fair last Thursday.

The late October heat seemed to disappear for the day as crowds gathered in the quad from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Some 125 employers confirmed attendance for Thursday’s career fair.

The event allowed students from each of CPP’s academic colleges to attend, as it was open to all majors.

According to Tom Munnerlyn, Career Center Director, there were several pieces that lead up to the production of the event.

“We started planning a year before with picking the date and then we moved on to hire the vendor that would set up the equipment for the fair,” Munnerlyn said.

“But probably the most important parts were the workshops, other events and resources that would help prepare students.”

Many students took advantage of the workshops put on by the Career Center such as Prep for Career Fair, Succeeding at Interviewing and Managing Anxiety and Rock Your Resume.

Others decided to stop by the Clothes Closet open house event for a business professional outfit just in time for the career fair.

Handshake, the new web portal for job and internship postings on-and-off campus, which replaced BroncoConnection earlier this year, was a great resource for students when researching companies that would be in attendance.

Attendees eager to begin their job search were given maps of where they could find the many companies stationed throughout the quad.

Once they made a plan of the companies, agencies or groups they wanted to visit, students proceeded through the quad to see if lines were already forming at desired tables.

Booths including those of NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, had a line formed that blocked access to other booths and to those just walking by.

“Apparently I had already applied to JPL and their representatives recognized my resume so it was great that they were now able to put a face to my resume,” said Tiffany Kao, a fourth-year business administration student.

“I wanted to see what these companies had to offer because I’m looking for a full-time job opportunity, but I would really like to land a job at JPL.”

Other popular employers included AT&T, the Los Angeles Police Department, Caltrans, Ferguson Enterprises Inc., the United States Marine Corps and PepsiCo.

Representatives from different companies went about several ways in getting more people to their tables.

Some played small games with attendees as part of their interview process.

Others provided free bags for students to carry brochures and any type of material they had picked up during their time at the fair.

A large majority of the representatives chose to conduct shortened versions of their company’s traditional face-to-face interview in an attempt to get to know their potential job seekers as much as possible.

The quad began to quiet down around 1:30 p.m. as many students made their way to class and other commitments.

Those who stopped by during this time had time to visit as many booths as they wanted as the lines and groups of students had significantly decreased in size.

Students also got more time to speak to these representatives without having to worry about a time constraint due to the smaller crowd at the event.

“I brought plenty of resumes, dressed professionally and showed up with the right attitude,” said Prisila Santana, a fourth-year business administration student.

Students gathered at company tables dressed to impress for on the spot interviews.

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

Students gathered at company tables dressed to impress for on the spot interviews.

Some 125 employers confirmed attendance for Thursday

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

Some 125 employers confirmed attendance for Thursday’s career fair

Students presented their resumes to the company representatives

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

Students presented their resumes to the company representatives

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