On April 4, the University of North Georgia’s Oconee campus held its semi-annual job fair. Over 23 employers were in attendance. Room 522 was packed with tables for companies to come and meet prospective employees. But most employers weren’t impressed with the quality of prospects that turned up.
UNG Career Services reported that many employers don’t believe students are taking the job fair seriously. Job fairs might look eerily close to the science fairs from seventh grade, with the cardboard tri-folds and colorful displays. Companies yearn for students to realize this is a serious affair.
Many students opted to come to the job fair in shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops. Employers were not impressed. Future employees are expected to dress in business attire and professionally prepared for interview.
Whether you showed up in your pajamas, were stuck in class or decided to sleep in, it’s not too late. Many of the employers offered great opportunities and are relying on students to fill in the necessary manpower.
Athens Clarke County Leisure Services Department is hoping to fill 100 spots for summer positions. Cathy Padgett, Public Information Specialist, is searching for students and teachers that want to help the community by maintaining 2,000 acres of parks and recreational areas.
Employers are willing to invest in your training to get you prepared for future employment.
H&R Block offers a income tax course to help prospective applicants get their foot in the door of the tax world.
If tax law isn’t your passion, go over to Sweetwater Pools and speak to Meg Bonk, Staffing Director, about their training for lifeguards, pool attendants and pool managers. Bonk only requests that her applicants be responsible, self-starters, leaders and organized.
Funopolis, “11 acres of outside & inside fun,” wants smiling, enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to join their team. If you are 16 or older and willing to work weekends you can apply for openings in the kitchen, attraction sales and ride operators. Funopolis is adding new attractions, like the Pharaoh’s Revenge Escape Room on April 14.
In case you didn’t make it to the table with the large duck, AFLAC is looking for interns in field sales. Diane Border, District Sales Coordinator, is looking for motivated, mature individuals that have spark and good communication skills to take the 13-week summer course. AFLAC is willing to sponsor your insurance license. All majors are welcome to apply to this Georgia based company. This job doesn’t have to be temporary; Border expressed that it can be a good career opportunity in business to business sales.
The Georgia National Guard has full-time and part-time positions available it is a great opportunity to service your community, learn valuable job skills and pay back up to $50,000 in student loans. Georgia National Guard also has many scholarship opportunities for intelligent and motivated students.
Whether you are searching for full-time, part-time, seasonal, internship or career work, it was all at the job fair. Cristy Morrison, Office Administrator of Career Services, Gainesville campus, strongly advises bringing a resume and attending prep events for job fairs and resume building.
For the fall job fair or future interviews, employers will be looking proper attire and resumes, as well as individuals projecting attributes of organization, responsibility and self-motivation. The jobs are out there — you just need to go and get them.
Job Fair Employers looking for Students:
- ACC Leisure Services
- A.C.T. Home Care
- Barberitos/Dunkin Donuts
- Benson’s Hospitality
- Camp Fire Georgia
- Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
- Dept. Of Human Services
- Express Employment Professionals
- Extra Special People, Inc.
- Funopolis Family Fun Center
- GA National Guard
- Goodwill of North Georgia
- Hall County Sheriff’s Office
- H&R Block
- Oconee Parks and Recreation
- Petco Animal Supplies
- Quik Trip Distribution Center
- Sweetwater Pools
- Treat Lewis State Farm Agency
- UNG Student Involvement
- U.S. Army
- Your Pie