Career Fair offers business insight


The Fulkerson Center was full of students and employers during the 2009 career fair.

Photo Robin Gann
Photo Robin Gann

The turnout was high, as people with resumes and recruiters flocked the room. Students showed interest and employers were excited to take part.

Holly Sutton, a recruiter for salary workers for Sears’s companies, said it was her third year at the career fair she attended last spring and fall semester.
“We’re getting a lot of traffic, students are showing interest,” Hutton said.

Resumes are essential when attending a career fair because they act as backgrounds for the employers. “Whether a student has a resume or not, it’s not a deciding factor,” Hutton said. “Many students come to me and say they lost or don’t have resumes.”

K-mart has applications online and resumes are not required. Last year she recruited two interns from Western. For interns, they start a $15 an hour, 12 weeks for 40 hours. They are now trying to fill the assistant manager position for their next college graduate.

“It’s a very diverse field, students can learn so many aspects of retail, we are not just looking for business majors, this can be a good experience for anyone,” Hutton said.

Jacely Alcantara, a junior with a criminal justice and legal studies major, is the president of the Legal Studies Association. This group works with the Criminal Justice Department and she helped recruit agencies to come out to the career fair.

“Anybody, criminal justice major or with a different interest, should try an organization that can help them,” Alcantara said.

Jessica Housman, the area manager of rides and park services at Worlds of Fun, talked a little about her job.

“I have worked at Worlds of Fun for six years going on my seventh,” Housman said. “I’ve been holding my position as area manager for one year and I love it.” It was Jessica’s first time as a recruiter at Western. There was a steady flow of students who showed interest in submitting applications, mostly as security.

“Students are generally what we look for; they are dependable and more flexible,” Housman said.

“People should come out because it’s a great experience, one you can’t get from another job,” said Housman.

The Plasma Biological Services is a donating facility for plasma. Sam Walker is the assistant manager and Andy Christie is the plasma processor. Christie’s position entitles taking plasma samples to send to other companies to see witch companies want to buy them. Walker’s job is to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

The process for taking plasma samples is called Plasma Phresis, it takes blood through autoc. Autoc separates red blood cells from plasma and plasma goes into a collection bottle. No blood is loss, it is returned to the donor. First time donators receive $30, second time donor get $40 and so on.

“It is an easy way to make money,” Christie said. “All donors have to do is lay on the bed for a half hour. Many donors read books or even doing a little homework during the process.”

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