After college, the first thing students want to find is a job, and that’s what the Coastal Bend Career Fair plans to accomplish. With more than 50 employers attending, both on the East and West campuses, Del Mar College’s Career Development Office and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend will present opportunities for students, including full-time, part-time, summer jobs and internships.

Students should bring a resume and cover letter, and present them to prospective employers.

“(The job fair) is specifically designed for students who are graduating to make them seem visible to the employer,” said Veronica Adkins, DMC career development coordinator. “Students should bring their resume and cover letter to present to prospective employers … Ask for concerns they might have” or what they look for in an employee.

Even if a student isn’t graduating yet, some employers will still offer jobs. Adkins said not all employers are seeking students with a degree because they’re also looking for part-time help. It’s a chance for students to get their foot in the door and earn experience to put on their resume.

Ask employers where they are hiring because some employers come with the idea of recruiting students and taking them somewhere else in Texas.

“(Students) definitely need to be aware of employers who might be hiring on the spot. (Employers) might ask a couple questions and ask for a resume. … Dress nicely, dress in your Sunday best because first impressions are important,” Adkins said.

Each fair will have different employers — “anywhere from Avon to small mom-and-pop shops, Border Patrol, Citgo …” Adkins said. “We have a lot more employers than we did in fall. … I’m hoping students attend the fair because if employers are coming and students don’t show up, they aren’t going to want to come back.”

The first 50 students to attend each event will be eligible for door prizes and things offered at the beginning of the job fair.

Both fairs are free and open to the public, according to a news release.

Before the event, the Career Department Office encourages students to take advantage of their job interview skills assistance, resume-building aid and more in the Harvin Center in Room 140, the Career Resource Center. They will also host a luncheon-interview practice workshop, where students can learn proper etiquette when attending a lunch interview. On West Campus from 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. April 11-12, How to Interview Like an Expert is available to students in Barth Learning Resources Center Room 102. On East Campus, the same is available from 10-10:30 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. in the Career Resource Center in Harvin Center Room 127.

For more information, contact Vanessa Adkins at 361-698-2467 or email vadkins@delmar.edu.

EAST CAMPUS

WHAT: Career Fair

WHEN:10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

April 19

WHERE: Harvin Student Center


WEST CAMPUS

WHAT: Career Fair

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

April 20

WHERE: Coleman Center

Cayce Berryman

Cayce Berryman is the Managing editor for the Del Mar College Foghorn. She has been with the Foghorn since the Fall of 2015 as one of the staff’s best writers and photographers. After Del Mar College, Cayce plans to continue her job as a freelance editor on the side. She hopes to continue down that road and earn her Creative Writing and English BA at Southern New Hampshire University. You can reach Cayce at cberryman@foghornnews.com or follow her on Twitter @CayceBerryman.

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