Hungry to turn their dreams to reality, hundreds of well-dressed, well-prepared Monroe students filled the King Hall Gymnasium (and nearby hallways and classrooms!) to present themselves to the 85 business, corporations, and organizations who participated in the October 30 Career fair, which turned out to be largest and most successful in 75 years of Monroe College.
“We insisted on high standards of dress and preparation to maximize students’ chances,” said OCA Dean Carol Genese, “and their performance exceeded our expectations.”
Employers were thrilled, too. Many left with dozens of resumes and legal pads filled with names and contact information for Monroe students they were planning to interview. In a number of cases students made appointments for interviews and other opportunities for follow-up.
Among the reasons for the fair’s success was the extensive preparation done by Monroe students. They worked with OCA Advisors on improving their resumes and they attended sessions on making job fairs successful, which provided tips on what to ask prospective employers and how to research companies.
A representative from one business firm indicated that she met enough qualified applicants at the Monroe fair so she wouldn’t have to place want ads in the paper to fill the company’s numerous job openings.
“This event puts us a new level in how Monroe students come across to employers,” Dean Genese said. “There were professionals from companies who witnessed a professional presentation by the next generation of workforce professionals.”
For more information on staffing your business or organization with qualified Monroe students and graduates, call 888-MY-OCA.