Need a job? Job fair offers opportunities

Richland Career Services is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 in El Paso Hall. Around 60 companies have registered, according to Stan Katz, Richland senior career planning specialist. It will include both part-time and full-time opportunities.

Career Services offers a job fair twice a year, in October near Thanksgiving and in March before Spring Break. Katz said the program has been extremely successful.

“My background was in sales and marketing,” Katz said. “I like challenges like that. It’s one of the few things I am good at. I know a lot of them [students] get hired.”

Katz said students looking for a job should bring a résumé. Flyers are available at Career Services in El Paso Hall, Room E090 on how to introduce yourself, write a résumé and how to dress for an interview.

“You should not wear jeans, shorts or sandals,” Katz said. “Just dress appropriately. I would say, business casual, as it’s called today. A coat and tie is not necessary, although to me, I would always do it because it’s impressive. Women just need to wear a nice pair of slacks or a dress.”

Students should cover up any tattoos too, Katz said. If they have piercings, they should take them out. Career Services also has a closet for people who need professional attire and shoes, and it’s free.

“You don’t want to ask about money or salaries to start [an interview],” Katz said. “To me, that’s the most important part. At the end of the interview, it’s appropriate to ask.”

Some of the hottest careers are in the health care industry and computers, Katz said.

“We’re a pretty strong economy,” he said. “Health care is here to stay. Computers are here to stay. I’m seeing more students who want to teach today.”

As far as majors, Katz said employers are more concerned about experience. What can they offer an employer that will be beneficial?

“There are two fields that are strong with just a two-year degree,” Katz said. “One is dental hygienist. That can be a two-year degree. They can make really good money. Paralegal is the same way.”

Katz said Richland also offers a dental assistant program through Continuing Education.

Some of the employers that will be attending are: Albertson’s, AMC Theatres NorthPark 15, City of Dallas, City of Garland, Macy’s, Sherwin Williams, State Farm, Waffle House, Hyatt Regency Dallas and others.

The following workshops are available on Oct. 22: “Dress for Success Head to Toe, Including Your Portfolio” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Sabine Hall, Room S118; “Dining Etiquette, Is This My Fork?” in the Brazos Gallery, C140.

Register for these events at the Career Center in El Paso Hall, Room E090.