First Student Employment Job Fair looks to open doors for students

Sept. 7, 2015

Audrey Jensen, April Wefler
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Students could look for volunteer positions, workstudy openings and paid jobs on campus at the first Student Employment Job Fair on Sept. 1.

Students in professional attire came to give away resumes, as other students casually walked around to see what jobs were being offered.

Over 20 offices and companies were in attendance with tables set up to greet students and hand out flyers and applications, including the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs, Creative Play Adventure Club, Boys and Girls Club, School District 11 and the Pikes Peak Library District.

Ali Laforce, executive assistant at the Office of Research, was at the fair to fill an available assistant position in the office, which closed Sept. 3.

“We have met promising candidates,” LaForce said. “(The Student Employment Job Fair) seems to be going well; a lot of people have stopped by to chat.”

Transfer student Alan Schwarzweller, a junior game design and development major, printed his resume out in hopes to receive a job at the library.

Another transfer student studying game design and development, sophomore Marshall Britt, liked the volunteer opportunities available.

“I love cats; if it’s helping cats, I want to be a part of it. I never thought of it before,” she said.

Britt added she had never been to a student job fair. “I prefer to speak to people in person so they can meet you,” said Britt.

Becca Stephens, Student Employment specialist, said her department thought the job fair would be a great opportunity for students.

“We wanted students to see what’s available, get better exposure, make it easier for students to find those jobs that they really want,” Stephens said.

She said the goal was to get as many students to find jobs as possible, since a lot of students can often get frustrated trying to find a job they want.

Stephens said some students, like Britt, might prefer finding an employer in person, instead of through services like SEANs Place.

Britt said she would like Student Employment to host an event like this again.

“I would like to see more of these because it helps students,” she said.