Helping find a job

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Sherrie Guerrero
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A large majority of employers are looking to hire highly skilled employees. Still, there are employers who would prefer an inexperienced employee — one tvery passionate, dedicated and moldable. The process of finding a job has been increasingly difficult, especially for college students. Fortunately, there is help if a job fair is being held nearby.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Once a year since 1994, either shortly before or shortly after spring break, the second largest event at Nassau CC is held. On April 8th, approximately 80 companies attended what they call one of the best-organized job fairs around.  The NCC Job Placement Office anticipated about 4,000 people to show up with hopes that 30% would find jobs.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
They did not want students to go to the job fair without being prepared, so students were offered help with making their résumés and how to present themselves by attending workshops which are available year-round.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
“We’re trying to make sure students in this environment get the best experiences they can have, in terms of academics and also preparation for employment,” said Henry Williams, a professor at NCC and is a counselor in the Job Placement Office.
The job fair began at 10:30 a.m. in NCC’s physical education complex. While recruiters from the various companies in attendance set up their stations, students handed out flyers to remind everyone of the event. Prior to this, there were posters throughout the campus and every student had a flier mailed to him or her.
Once the three-hour event started, the Job Placement Office staff members were at the doors of the complex to hand out packets. These consisted of a welcome page, a second page with the names of the businesses in attendance, the type of businesses they are and the positions they were planning to fill. On the back of that page was a floor plan to show everyone exactly where each company was located.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The businesses in attendance were diverse in nature. They ranged from the popular (WBAB Radio sans Donna Donna), the exotic (US Customs and Border Protection) and the compassionate (North Shore Animal League).. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
“I’ve chatted with the swimming pool company. I could teach it because I have the certification,” said Nancy Walordy, a senior observer student at NCC. This is someone who has a skill and is looking for a job where she can use it.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adriana Fernandez, a first-year communications major at NCC, is currently employed but came to the fair in search of a different opportunity. She wasn’t looking for another job but for an internship. “I just spoke with the radio station, and they said they are accepting for interns right now. I want something that gives me more experience in the field I want to go in,” she said.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Skills are important for most jobs, but there are some employers who would prefer a person to simply be passionate about doing a particular job.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
“Personally, I think it’s better if you don’t have any experience at all because the city has specific ways to do things,” said Oscar Telleria, a New York City firefighter.
“If you have different habits, it’s going to be difficult to learn a different system,” he said.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Kimberly Veasey, a second-year student at NCC, has high hopes of the Marines changing their current policy on tattoos. Without knowing there is a limit of how many visible tattoos she could have, Kimberly has 23. She spoke to a recruiter at the fair who took her general information.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
“He said policies change all the time, so I filled it out, and he said we never know what could happen,” she said.  Nevertheless, Kimberly is very eager to join.
“If the Marines took me tomorrow, I’d leave without a second thought,” she said.
Some employers are given a bad rap based on the statistics of whom they hire, or simply on the types people think they hire. When people think of a police officer, firefighter or a soldier, the stereotype of a physically strong person comes to mind. When someone is passionate enough to train to do these types of jobs and succeed in the training, they are considered capable of doing that job. “We don’t prejudge anyone who comes in,” said Emmanuel Boudouris, a correction officer for the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department. He knows that certain people might not fit the part, but he gives them all the same advice about possible employment.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
“This isn’t necessarily a physical job; I think it’s more mental. It’s more of using your brain with good common sense for handling some of these individuals we have incarcerated,” he said.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Since the Job Placement Office had lots of success with getting its former students employment opportunities, it’s able to keep holding job fairs. Of course, employers need to hire new people, but the alumni also come back to offer students the same help they received.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Job Placement Office offers this kind of help partially because it’s difficult for students to find employment. Another reason is to give confused students the chance to find employment in a field they might learn to love. It also helps because many parents believe if their child goes to college, he or she will automatically find a job. Even if a student came to the job fair and didn’t get hired, at least he or she gained the experience of how to hold a conversation with someone in human resources.. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
In 1999, the country was at a 30-year unemployment low with only three percent of the population out of work. Times have certainly changed. The Job Placement Office offers all of their services to every student who is willing to take advantage of these opportunities.

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