The Career Development Center hosted its annual fall Career Fair at the Seminole State College Sanford/Lake Mary campus in November.
“For at least 20 years the Career Fair has been informing students about career options and providing potential networking opportunities,” Brooklyn Stablile, Career Center Specialist, said.
Mrs. Stabile said an estimated 1,200 students passed through the building-L breezeway at this year’s Career Fair.
A free slice of pizza wasn’t the biggest prize given away at the event. There were more sought after giveaways for students who participated in the Career Development Center drawings. Showing a resume or dressing professionally offered a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy III tablet or Beats by Dre headphones.
Between the two giveaways, 260 students registered to win new technology devices.
“It was a big event this year, with 76 tables,” Mrs. Stabile said. Fifty-three of the tables were businesses looking to hire Seminole State students, she added.
In fact, some employers accepted resumes and setup interviews on the spot, Mrs. Stabile said.
The businesses which participated in the Career Fair are regulars on campus also recruiting students through the Career Link website.
In addition to free pizza and the chance to win electronics, free pictures were offered to those dressed appropriately.
“It was a new initiative,” Mrs. Stabile said about the partnership with the Film Club. The purpose was to give students an opportunity for a free professional photo to be used on a LinkedIn profile.
The Career Development Center advises students to create a LinkedIn account and use a professional photo instead of a “Facebook selfie,” Mrs. Stabile said.
Nearly 100 students received a free head shot image.
There are three Career Fairs planned for each year with S/LM being the largest. The Heathrow and Altamonte Springs campuses also host major-specific fairs, Mrs. Stabile said.