Friday, September 19
RDMT 122, Dandini Campus
Friday, September 19
RCB 102, High Tech Center at Redfield
Posted: Aug 6, 2014
The 2013 Fall Job Fair at Truckee Meadows Community College.
Securing a job during college or following graduation depends in a large part to networking skills, as widely reported in the media, and Truckee Meadows Community College has events starting on Sept. 3 that will contribute to excelling in the abilities needed to network well.
“About 70 percent of jobs are found through networking situations, and less than 20 percent of jobs are even advertised,” said Kelley Wong, Job Preparation Specialist at TMCC.
The TMCC Job Preparation Center is offering résumé open houses, personal appointments, and networking workshops leading up to the Fall Job Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the V. James Eardley Student Center at TMCC’s Dandini Campus.
Résumé Open Houses will be hosted in front of the TMCC Café on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 15-16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Students and alumni can drop by with a draft of their résumé and receive helpful hints from a certified professional résumé writer. At the Résumé Bake Sale event on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 17-18 from 12-2 p.m., those seeking help to polish their résumé will receive a bakery cookie while the expert proofs the document.
“An employer decides very quickly when they first see a candidate whether they want to hire him or her,” said Wong. “It is a show of respect that you took the time to look professional.”
A writer at Forbes.com agrees.
“According to a study by Frank Bernieri, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University, within the first 10 seconds of meeting your interviewer – otherwise known as the meet-and-greet – that person has decided whether or not you’re right for the job,” writes Laura Sinberg, freelance writer at Forbes.com. “Those who come across as polished and pulled together are quite simply more likely to be hired than those who are seen as putting in less effort.”
Networking Workshops will be offered at the Dandini Campus, Red Mountain Building, room 256 on Sept. 3 from 1-2:30 p.m., Sept. 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. and Sept. 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn ways to approach speaking with employers and how to effectively follow up with someone in a hiring position. Also covered will be professional dress.
The networking breakfast takes place on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 9-10 a.m. Students and graduates can exercise their new networking skills, and also speak with employers that they are interested from the Job Fair, building a friendly and professional relationship. To attend the breakfast, the entry requirement is a Golden Ticket which is obtained at any of the résumé or networking workshops, or during a prior individual appointment at Job Prep.
“Students attending previous Job Fairs have reported being hired as a result of the event,” said Wong.
The Job Fair takes place earlier in the fall semester because employers have indicated that they make winter hiring decisions in September and early October, Wong said.
More than 30 employers from a variety of industries are expected to attend, including health care, banking and financial services, education, call center, nonprofits, online retail, media and communications, veterinary offices and warehousing.
No advance reservations are required. Students and alumni are asked to bring 10-25 copies of their newly updated résumé and to dress in business attire, as if they have already been hired.
There will be a raffle, where students and grads can win prizes that have been donated by companies. Prizes at prior job fairs included gift certificates, an iPod, tablet and merchandise like T-shirts and water bottles.
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