Comcast, UPS and IKEA are a few of many companies that visited Salt Lake Community College on April 9 to assist job seekers in their search for employment.
SLCC Career and Student Employment Services hosted 52 employers in the Taylorsville Redwood Campus’ Student Center. Over 700 students and community members attended the event, many eager to find work that fit their needs. Many employers were also eager to hire.
“We want to hire agents,” said Brandon Goodsell of American Family Insurance. “You might graduate and say, ‘What now?’ Come work for us. With our presence here, we’re trying to build that name recognition.”
Because the event brought the employers directly to job seekers, it served as an easy place to start making contacts
“I got a lot of contact information,” said IT major Mitchell Peasnall. “Some of the jobs are close to my area of study with customer service experience. That’s what IT is all about, helping people.”
SLCC Career and Student Employment Services director Jackie Hesleph says the college offers plentiful resources for students seeking employment, but those resources haven’t been put to use as much as they could be.
“A lot [of students] don’t realize we’re here till they actually need a job,” said Hesleph. “We have offices in all the main campuses and some of the other sites. Students should come as early as possible in their job search.”
Career and Student Employment services include social media workshops, resume help, career exploration, internships and referrals
“We interact with business and industry as a conduit,” said Hesleph. “Students don’t take advantage of it nearly as much as they should.”
Hesleph hopes more students will use the resources available to them if they know about those services. Even the job fair itself was almost missed by some.
“I wish I’d known about it sooner,” said IT major Conley Lund. “Someone walked up to us at lunch and told us about it.”
Career and Student Employment Services will be moving into the Student Center room 002 in May, and will offer more resources with the new location.