Career Fair brings together students, residents and employers May 17

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Pennsylvania’s improving job market is reflected in its unemployment rate, now 7.2 percent in central Pennsylvania, as more companies ramp up hiring.

Central Pennsylvania residents who want to learn about job opportunities in this region are invited to attend the sixth annual Central Pennsylvania Regional Career Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in Innovation Park. More than 65 employers will be at the event.

“This venue developed out of the desire to help current Penn State students and adult learners who want to live and work in the area, bringing talented professionals together with reputable, solid local employers who offer good job opportunities,” said Penn State Career Counselor Liz Lasher.

New this year: A new military resource center will allow attendees to speak with military personnel about different individual and family benefits service members are eligible to receive. Penn State admissions counselors who specialize in working with military students will also be there to answer questions.

Lasher offers these tips for preparing for the fair:

  •  Visit the Career Fair website at http://careerfairs.psu.edu/CentralPA/ regularly to review the list of participating employers in the “Job Seekers” section, which will be updated daily.
  •  Know what your skill set is and tailor your résumé to highlight the characteristics for that job.
  •  Bring multiple copies of your résumé and come dressed as if you are showing up for a professional interview.

Penn State adult learner Alan Carothers plans to follow these tips. After being laid off in 2010, Carothers decided to continue his education part time through Penn State’s World Campus while working full time. Set to graduate in August with a master’s degree in supply chain management, Carothers has “made a list of employers to talk to. I’m looking forward to getting face-time with representatives from companies I’m interested in and establishing specific contacts.”

To learn more about the Career Fair, watch a video at http://tinyurl.com/CareerFair-stand-out-and-shine.

More information about the Career Fair also is available at http://careerfairs.psu.edu/CentralPA/.

 

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Last Updated May 09, 2013