Buffalo State's Career Development Center held a senior job fair throughout the day
last Thursday to help graduating seniors get started on the job hunt.
The center set up a series of stations in its offices in Cleveland Hall where students
could come get their resumes critiqued, get their job search questions answered and
even make their own business cards. Geico, who sponsored the event, also had a
station where students could do a mock interview with human resource personnel,
or enter their names for prizes.
"We really wanted to help seniors in some way deal with the job market," said
Stephanie Zuckerman-Aviles, director of the Career Development Center. "Some
students are so scared that there's not going to be anything out there that they don't
do anything. So we thought we'd set up a fun environment for them to just drop by."
"Typically in April we end up booking out," Senior Career Counselor Jessie
Lombardo said. "We have a lot of students coming in and making appointments so
we wanted to make sure our seniors got taken care of with what they needed."
Other services included an "elevator pitch" station where students learned how to
introduce themselves to employers and a job search station where they learned how
to use the Online Resource for Career Advancement, Buffalo State's in-house job and
internship posting system.
Lombardo said ORCA is a database of over 1.5 million employers supported by the
technology fee where students can post their resume and set up their accounts to
automatically email them job opportunities that fit their criteria.
"It's a unique opportunity because it's a password-protected system," she said. "It's
not like Monster where everyone in the world has access to it. It's specifically for
Buff State students and the employers we have made connections with."
The past few years, the Career Development Center has held Experience, an event
featuring mock interviews and job search assistance much like this year's job fair, as
well as a larger job fair where employers could come recruit students. However, due
to construction on the third floor of the Campbell Student Union, Zuckerman-Aviles
said it was difficult to find enough space for these events.
"Originally it was just going to be an open house, but it got more structured along
the way," Lombardo said. "We're trying not to be a 'one size fits all.' It's meeting
students where they're at."
Students who participated in this year's job fair, like senior hospitality major Austin
Diana, said they not only found the feedback on their interviewing skills to be
helpful, but also enjoyed learning about all the services the Career Development
center has to offer.
"At first, I came in for a resume critique and to practice my interviews, but as I was
coming out, I found out about applying for the alumni ID card," Diana said. "Now I'm
officially an alumni."
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