March 28, 2003

Southwestern College Invites Students and Residents to “Make the Career Connection”

Chula Vista—Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center at National City (HEC) is inviting students and community residents to its first annual Career Day Fair taking place on April 3, 2003 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 701 National City Blvd. “Making the Career Connection” is free and open to the general public.

At the HEC’s Career Day Fair, students and community residents will have an opportunity to meet prospective employers from the banking, retail, and other local industries. Also, several Southwestern College representatives will be available to answer questions on the many educational and technical programs the College has to offer.

Job fairs are a great way for employment seekers to get in front of the public, shake hands with prospective employers, set interviews, and hob-nob with the competition.

“This is the perfect opportunity for students and community residents to meet potential employers and for employers to meet qualified candidates,” said Jaime Salazar, HEC counselor. “Career Day Fair participants don’t have to go out searching for employment. We’re bringing jobs to them.”

Salazar recommended job seekers do the following:

 Bring plenty of copies of your resume with you. Employers expect you to have it and some even conduct interviews on-the-spot.

 Whenever you hand out a resume, make sure you get a business card from that person and always follow up with a personalized cover letter and another copy of your resume within a few days after the event.

 Stop at every booth and talk to as many people as possible. You are there to network. Stopping by the booth is only the initial step. The way to get the job is to follow-up.

During the Career Day Fair, several career opportunities will be showcased, including Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Surgical Technology, Emergency Medical Technology, Teaching, Internet Working (CISCO/3COM), Paralegal, Interpreters/Translators, Journalism, Fire Science, Social Work, Engineering, and Military Careers.

For additional information on “Making the Career Connection,” contact Jaime Salazar at (619) 477-9683 ext 3011.

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