Penn State career fair targets local job seekers and recruiters

May 03, 2011

University Park, Pa. — Although unemployment in the central Pennsylvania area is lower than the national average, the job market remains challenging for both job seekers and recruiters.

In central Pennsylvania, State College’s unemployment rate is 5.6 percent, while Williamsport’s is 8 percent and Altoona’s is 8.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ March report.

In an effort to address the still challenging job market, Penn State Career Services has partnered with Penn State Continuing and Professional Education to sponsor the fourth annual Central Pennsylvania Regional Career Fair. The career fair, geared toward Penn State adult learners, students and local residents, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at The Penn Stater Conference Center.

“Since many of our adult learners live here, work here and want to stay here, the career fair really meets their needs," said Liz Lasher, a career counselor for Penn State Continuing Education.

The career fair also will give recruiters the opportunity to connect with qualified local candidates and allow participants to network with potential employers. Recruiters will represent a variety of industries, including telecommunications, human services and government.

A five- to seven-minute workshop will be offered to job seekers before entering the career fair that will lend advice on how to make an impression on recruiters and answer last-minute questions.

To prepare for the event, Lasher recommends students sharpen their professional skills and take advantage of the resources offered by Penn State Career Services. These include a free career guide available online and free career counseling.

For more job seekers' information or to register as a recruiter, visit online.

Partners for the career fair include the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County and the Community Diversity Group.

Penn State Continuing Education offers a venue for adults to return to the classroom. Continuing Education reaches more than 30,000 adult learners annually at Penn State campuses statewide. Continuing Education is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

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Alaina Monismith

Last Updated May 10, 2011