Strong company attendance
raises chances of student success
By Sherri Long
Knightly News Reporter
Approximately 90 Central Penn students networked with representatives of business and nonprofit organizations at the inaugural Internship Fair at Central Penn College on July 25.
Twenty-nine organizations participated.
Businesses, nonprofits and the state
Kristin Fike, internship coordinator at Central Penn, believed the event was a success and a unique opportunity for students.
“Because we did not charge companies to attend the event, this opened the opportunity for nonprofits and state organizations, who normally can’t participate in job fairs due to fees,” Fike said.
A win-win situation
Students, who ranged from first-year to seniors, benefited from the internship fair by being able to connect and share their resumes with several organizations at one convenient location.
The organizations benefit by connecting with a wide range of students and creating more awareness about their business or cause.
Mark Anderson, manager, training and hiring-reservations at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, said, “Whenever and wherever we have the opportunity to be out in the public, we are there.”
Stacks of resumes
Anderson said he writes notes on the resumes he receives at internship and job fairs. Then, he turns those resumes over to Ryan Epler, senior recruiter at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.
“Our resumes go to our senior recruiter, Ryan. I take notes, here, on specific departments they are interested in, and then Ryan will follow up with everyone.”
Epler follows up with candidates to encourage them to apply for current positions or let them know about upcoming opportunities.
Perrise Hatcher, recruiter, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Bureau of Human Resources, shared what she does with the resumes collected at job and internship fairs.
“Once a position opens, we look through our stack of resumes to look for the best candidates,” Hatcher said.
Yes, LinkedIn profiles DO matter
Myneca Ojo, director of the office of diversity and inclusion at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, spoke about the importance of making connections and networking with people and businesses, “even if they aren’t offering exactly what you are looking for at the moment.”
“I ask people if they are on LinkedIn and if they say no, I tell them, ‘Well, then, get on LinkedIn,’” said Ojo.
She explained that many employers and HR professionals share job and internship opportunities, from all departments, on LinkedIn.
Mark Anderson shared that after finding a potential candidate from resumes received, the next step is to look over that candidate’s LinkedIn profile.
“You can get so much more information on LinkedIn than just a resume.”
Practice, research, connect
No matter where a student is in her college career, attending internship and job fairs, and networking events should be on a student’s “must-do” list. Several organization representatives said they would be happy to look over a student’s resume and provide feedback.
By starting to network with companies as a freshman, students can build a relationship with recruiters that can lead to internships or jobs when the student is ready to graduate.
Central Penn’s Career Services provides several opportunities for students, and alumni, to network. Upcoming events include the Networking Reception, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and the Fall Job and Internship Fair, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Visit centralpenn.edu/careerservices for more information and follow their Facebook page for registration details.
Sherri Long is president of the media club.
Edited by club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.
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