Tuesday Nov 01 2011
Sierra College hosting job fair Friday
By: Gloria Young, Journal Staff Writer
Local employers to offer advice, tips in panel discussion
Employment seekers will be able to meet with local companies, learn about resources and get resumé tips at Friday’s Placer County Job Fair. The fair is a collaboration of the county’s Business Advantage Network, Sierra College, the Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board and Gold Country Media. Sierra College is hosting the event at the Rocklin campus. Brook Oliver, coordinator of career connections in internships, is in charge of the planning and execution of the event. “After putting on a small job fair last year, the college wanted to do it again this year,” she said. New this year will be a panel presentation, “What Employers Want,” at 12:30 p.m. Panelists will include representatives from the Sacramento Kings, Union Pacific, Vision Services Plan, eAhoy.com and the California Employers Association. “We have a number of questions we’ve prepared, like how do you take in resumes and applications and what can job seekers do to make theirs stand out?” Oliver said. Panelists will also share an interview story and talk about deal makers and deal breakers. “When we finish with our set of questions, it will be opened up to the audience,” she said. “It should last about an hour.” This year, for the first time, there is a charge for employers to participate. “We’ve had to pass on some costs that we haven’t had to in prior budget years,” she said. Cost to have a booth is $60 for private agencies and $45 for public and non-profits. “That’s to cover marketing costs and event costs,” Oliver said. “Any money left over will go toward next year’s job fair and career activities for Sierra student (activities). There are things we can’t use public funds for.” More than 20 employers have signed up so far and there’s still time to participate. “We will still accept employers, absolutely, until Thursday at 5 p.m. If someone wants to come on down and join us, we’ll make space for them,” Oliver said. There’s no cost to job seekers and no charge for parking. Who’s participating Among the employers that have signed up are Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, which is looking for seasonal workers; the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, state Department of Conservation and Placer County. Milhous Children’s Services, located in Nevada City, is looking to fill several openings for mental health workers. “No (specific) education or training is required,” Human Resources representative Danielle Zuckerman said. “We provide paid training. The only requirement is a high school diploma and we prefer some college.” The nonprofit will accept resumes and hand out applications. “We don’t do interviews at the job fair. It tends to be too loud,” Zuckerman said. “But we’ll be scheduling interviews for the following week.” Oliver’s advice for job seekers is dress properly for interviews. “That handshake and seeing someone and meeting them does lead to more jobs than sending in 100 resumés,” she said. “It is an opportunity to meet these employers. Even though there may not be a job now, there could be one in the future.” And she suggests paying meticulous attention to your resumé. “With job fairs, you don’t know what types of positions are available, but you know what your job skills are,” she said. “You may want to have different versions of your resumé so employers don’t have to look through to see what will fit.” For those who’d like some assistance with their resumés, the local Active Job Seekers chapter will provide critiquing from 1 to 3 p.m. Other job-search resources will be available at Golden Sierra’s Connections Center’s table at the fair, Oliver said. “There will be tables from the different agencies letting (attendees) know about other resources so they are up to date on their game,” she said. Reach Gloria Young at firstname.lastname@example.org. ----------- Placer County Job Fair 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 Panel presentation is at 12:30 p.m. Sierra College Rocklin Campus student center/cafeteria building Entry and parking are free.