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Working Hard to Find Work for Students, New York's Monroe College Identifies Hiring Employers

Monroe College (www.monroecollege.edu) organizes part-time & full-time job fairs for its students and alumni twice a year. To participate, employers must have at least part-time jobs to fill. Thirty companies interviewed 400 job-ready applicants.

 
 
Monroe College freshmen get a jumpstart in search for work
Monroe College freshmen get a jumpstart in search for work
PRLog - Oct. 8, 2012 - NEW YORK -- "Almost a 10" was the ranking that one group of college freshmen job seekers gave the Monroe College (www.monroecollege.edu) Part-time Job Fair. The private New York college, with campuses in the Bronx and New Rochelle produces part-time and full-time job fairs for its current students and alumni, fall and spring semesters.
   And although they are just first semester freshmen, four friends from Bridgeport – all Criminal Justice and/or CJ/Early Childhood Education dual majors – headed over to the Office of Career Advancement (OCA) Part-time Job Fair on a damp and chilly afternoon with the hopes of finding part-time jobs while working towards their degrees. All Monroe freshmen are encouraged to get themselves known by the College's career counselors early on in their college careers instead of waiting until the final semester before graduating.
   Associate Vice President and “bouncer for the day” Carol Genese greeted each and every attendee with a big smile and either a thumbs-up for appearance or a directive to head back to the dorms for a quick change of outfits for a better dress-for-success first impression. “We came straight from class and so most of us weren’t really dressed for job interviews,” acknowledged Amber Weir, from Bridgeport, CT.  By the looks of it, it didn’t take much for Weir and her three friends – Amaris Johnson, Raven Jones and Na’te Pendergrass – to transform their looks before returning to greet approximately 30 companies all looking to hire Monroe College students for real part time jobs.  One of the requirements for prospective employers participating in the event was that they actually had positions to fill and weren’t there just to collect resumes.
   And if a student arrived not dressed for the occasion but too far from where they live to make a quick “costume change”, OCA was ready with a collection of clean and freshly pressed shirts, ties and jackets for the men and equivalent business attire for women.  The ready-to-wear wardrobe was donated by Monroe administrators and faculty.   For example, in no-time at all, Kahlil Heard, a Medical Assisting major, had his tee shirt and khakis fleshed out with a white dress shirt and classic navy blue blazer.  
   Back to the Bridgeport crew: Their rating of the event was a collective thumbs-up.  “I learned how to dress and better prepare myself for an interview,” said Pendergrass.  “You’ve got to have a firm handshake, driver’s license, and smile a lot,” added Amber Weir.  Amaris Johnson said the best part for her was getting the experience of introducing herself to strangers who might become her next employer.  Raven Jones, said she was “delighted” with the part time fair and rated it overall as “a 9.5 with a smiley face!”   
   Employers, Monroe College alumni and students interested in participating in Monroe's Internship and Full-time Job Fair, October 24th, should contact the Office of Career Advancement, 718-933-8650.

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