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Forest Park Students and Employers Look for Right Fit at Fall Job Fair

October 31, 2014

Forest Park Job Fair  
The 2014 Fall Job Fair at STLCC-Forest Park brought students together with more than 40 companies and organizations looking to hire for a wide variety of positions.

The old saw about pounding the pavement to find a job may not be completely in the past, but for the current generation of college students, knowing your way around the keyboard may be just as important as hitting the sidewalk. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is that appearance and first impressions still matter.

The 2014 Fall Job Fair at STLCC-Forest Park brought students together with more than 40 companies and organizations looking to hire for a wide variety of positions.

“The first thing I’m looking to find out is ‘Is the job for real, and how soon can I get hired,’” said STLCC-Forest Park student Mike Piloto, culinary arts and hospitality major, as he attended the job fair.

Piloto said that most employers now want to funnel prospects through their online application process, which requires job-seekers to use skills that may or may not directly related to the position for which they are applying.

“Just because someone is able to get through the online application process, does that really mean they are the right person for job?” said Piloto, who also mentioned that he has multiple resumes tailored for different uses and different audiences.

From the employer perspective, Maria Marmolejo of Extra Help, an employment and staffing agency, said that while computer skills are important, first impressions still mean a lot.

“We consider what they are looking for, if they have a good resume, how they are dressed,” said Marmolejo. “The old saying ‘Dress to Impress’ still means something.”

Marmolejo said that job fairs such as the one at Forest Park lead to many placements for her agency. And while applicants are asked to fill out an online application, the team at Extra Help will flag resumes of quality candidates and keep an eye out for when their online applications come arrive.

“We will make notes on their resume and watch for their application,” she said. “Job fairs are definitely one of the biggest resources we use.”

So while the job search dance has changed over the years, the end goal of finding a good match between employer and employee hasn’t.

If you were unable to attend the job fair, help is still available through Career and Employment Services, located in SC-221, with resume writing, interviewing and job search skills. The Job Fair was sponsored by Career and Employment Services and Campus Life.