The spring job fair was held this past Tuesday and, like job fairs in the past, it was a mad house. Students and non-students alike filled the Student Event Center at SLCC’s Redwood Campus. Many with no jobs had the opportunity to find out who was hiring in Salt Lake valley. Other students already have jobs and just wanted to go check it out to see if there was a chance for them to find an even better one.
Dish Network, Comcast, UPS, FedEx, Verizon, were some of the big company’s looking for new hires at SLCC. Although it is a job fair for students some companies were trying to hire for summer, full-time or commission based pay structures. Many students who attended were not looking for those types of jobs. Some students just wanted a part-time job that they can go to after school, before they go home and do homework.
UPS and FedEx were two companies that were offering part-time employment opportunities. These two jobs have no major requirements before being hired. Without a resume or prior experience one can get paid $8.50 an hour. If you get an interview with one of these shipping companies you don’t have to dress up. There is a down side to working for the shipping giants; it’s a lot of physical, dusty work.
The two entertainment rivals at the job fair were Dish Network and Comcast. The cable and satellite companies are looking for new employees to fill in some of the areas of their customer service. Dish Network is currently looking for people that can install satellite systems in people’s homes. No need for prior experience here either; they will fly you to Phoenix, Arizona for a paid training on how to install satellite systems. The potential downside for a student could be that it’s a full time job and would probably interfere with your education.
Comcast was also hiring people into full time employment. The positions they were looking to fill were also in customer service. Both companies offer full medical benefits and best of all, if you work for Comcast you get cable and internet service for free. The same is true for Dish Network employees. If you work for them you get your satellite service for free.
Many SLCC students and other fair attendees walked away from the job fair with interest in a particular job. Some walked away disappointed because the fair didn’t meet their expectations.
As always the spring job fair was an overall success. If you missed the job fair there is one coming up in the fall semester, so there is still a chance for you to get a job. The Student Employment and Cooperative Education Services (SECES) may also be able to help you find a job in the meantime. More information about SECES programs can be found at http://www.slcc.edu/seces/index.asp.