“The event is a good opportunity for students who are still looking for a part-time job,” said Patricia Gaynor, assistant director of the Career Center. “With the start of the new semester, a lot of on-campus positions are already filled, but we also bring off-campus employers to CSUN.”
Originally, the Open House was a way to acquaint students with the Career Center. The job recruitment portion was a bonus that caught on and has become a major component of this event.
Fifteen recruiters participated in the Open House, among them CSUN departments such as the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Disability Resources and Educational Services, as well as off-campus businesses such as Starbucks.
“Employers were delighted,” Gaynor said. “They are thrilled to be here. It is a great way for the businesses to get to know our students.”
Throughout the hallway in front of the Career Center on Bayramian’s fourth floor, employers were set up at booths, giving students the opportunity to introduce themselves, ask questions and learn about open positions.
Junior Leo Moneymaker (yes, that is his name) took the chance to fill out an application and hand in his resume. “I have been at the Career Center for a workshop before,” Moneymaker said. “The event today helps me to speak with employers and make contacts.” Junior Clare Calzada came to the job fair seeking a student assistant job on campus. “The event is very helpful — there is a good amount of hiring. I am glad I came,” she said.
About 700 students participated in the fair, according to Career Center staff.
“There has been a constant flow of applicants the whole time,” said Joanne Cowles, human resources assistant at the University Student Union. “There has been a lot of interest.”
“A lot of students do not even realize that with Sunlink we do have our own job posting system,” Gaynor said. “Coming to the fair also helps them to get to know what the Career Center has to offer.” This would include a resource library, computer access, drop-in appointments and counseling help when needed. Open House visitors also learned about the variety of workshops, clinics and events the Center offers.
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