The Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) hosted its 30th Job & Internship Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Radisson Hotel in Harrisburg, Pa.
Founded in 1987, CPEC is comprised of representatives from sixteen south-central Pennsylvania universities and nine business/corporate members. Members include Bloomsburg University, Central Penn College, Juniata College, Clark Associates Companies, and Enterprise Holdings, along with many more.
CPEC provides quality career services to students and alumni through a pool of resources and the expertise of their members.
The event had a great turn out with over 90 employers, who provide services including recruitment opportunities, job positions, education programs and training courses. Companies were in search of potential candidates in many fields such as education, business, communication and entertainment.
The CPEC job fair brought forth many benefits to college students. Students learned about the hiring process as they interacted with representatives from federal, state and county agencies. The CPEC Board suggests that students who attend dress professionally for admission and bring resumes to distribute to company representatives.
When asked about the benefits of job fairs, Jarena Griffin ‘17 shared, “Job fairs are extremely important for students to network and to exercise their professionalism. They have the opportunity to see how to dress in the workplace and act in an appropriate manner.”
Alyssa Fell ‘20 added, “In general, I think job fairs are really important because you get to scout out different companies that are possible careers. You can also get their views of the company instead of reading it off the internet. It is always better to see them in person.”
Students were not the only ones satisfied with the outcome of the job fair. Trisha Johnson from the Accenture Federal Services expressed her excitement.
“I have received over twenty resumes so far, Johnson said. “I am very surprised of how professional some of these students are. I believe we would be able to pick out the most potential ones for our consulting position.”
The event ended with many possible opportunities for both students and employers. For more information, visit the CPEC website at www.cpec.info/.