Job fair connects job seekers and employers

Need a job? Richland Career Services is sponsoring a job fair for students and the community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 in the El Paso Lounge.

“We will have between 50 and 60 employers,” said Stan Katz, career services planning specialist. The event will include part-time and full-time opportunities with companies and municipalities ranging from banks and restaurants to police and fire departments.

“I try to have a lot of variety because of all the different majors,” Katz said. Career Services hosts two job fairs each school year;  one in October and another in March. Occasionally they do an industry-specific job fair in criminal justice or health care, which are popular fields.

Katz offered suggestions about what students should and shouldn’t do. “They should get a résumé together,” he said.  “We can help them with that if they come in before the job fair.”

Katz recommends dressing professionally; not wearing jeans and T-shirts. “It’s not necessary for men to wear a suit for the job fair, but it’s OK if they do. We also have a clothes closet for people who don’t have professional attire.”

A list of employers and company profiles will be available in advance so students can come better prepared.

Richland senior Anna Tanner, left,  talks with representatives from the Dallas Police Department at last year's job fair.

Richland senior Anna Tanner, left,  talks with representatives from the Dallas Police Department at last year's job fair.

“Some of the best jobs are in the computer field, as well as in engineering,” he said. “I push teaching a lot because teaching salaries are better than they used to be. Accounting is good [as are] business-related careers."

Katz thinks it’s important for students to get experience before they finish school. Some companies hire students before they graduate.  Even though a student may not have ever worked, everybody still has some kind of skills and abilities.

The job opportunities offered at the job fair don’t require a college degree. “I’ve always tried to keep the student in mind and realize they’re freshmen or sophomores,” Katz said.

If potential employees would like to improve their interviewing skills, Career Services can help students learn how to ask questions, make a résumé and provide other useful resources, such as finding a major.

Katz said it’s required for all new-to-college students to come in and take a career assessment test.

“But, if they didn’t happen to take it or are sophomores and still haven’t figured it out, they can come in and we’ll help them with that,” he said.

For more information call Career Services at 972-76-6717 or visit online at alt.richlandcollege.edu/career-services/. Their offices are located in El Paso Hall, Room 093.

FALL 2017 JOB FAIR EMPLOYERS

31. The Willis Group
32. LSG Sky Chefs
33. UPS
34. Comerica Bank
35. Lucky Brand 36. Macy’s
37. American NCCC 38. Toys R Us
39. Sutherland
40. Caine and Weiner
41. City of Lancaster
42. PLS Check Cashers
43. Parking Company of America
44. Dallas Police Department
45. Clean Harbors Safety Kleen
46. Consolidated Payment Services
47. Richland College Garland Campus
48. Richardson Police Department
49. DCCCD Police Department
50. Federal Bureau of Prisons
51. Jackson Hewitt Tax Services
52. FBI
53. Interceramic
54. Volt Workforce Solutions 55. Pappas Catering
56. Game On
57. Taco Diner
58. Mattress Firm

1. Adolphus Hotel
2. Albertson/Tom Thumb 3. Amazon
4. Bank of America
5. BB&T
6. BBVA Compass Bank
7. Bread Winners Cafe
8. Old Navy
9. City Vet
10. Dallas Fire and Rescue 11. Emler Swim School
12. H & R Block
13. IQOR
14. RISD
15. State Farm
16. Trinity Event Staffing 17. US Anesthesia Partners 18. Veryable Inc.
19. YMCA of Metro Dallas 20. U.S Army
21. Sur La Table
22. In-N-Out Burger
23. Public Storage
24. World Market
25. Texas National Guard 26. Academy Sports
27. Enrichment Chess
28. Williams Sonoma
29. Verizon Wireless
30. Spectrum
31. The Willis Group
32. LSG Sky Chefs
33. UPS