The Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development and the Office of Human Resources at the Colleges have teamed up to present the Hobart and William Smith Job Fair. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, in the Common Room of Geneva Public Library.
“This is a wonderful initiative that helps us further connect with the community,” says Director of the Center for Career Services Brandi Ferrara. “When I was asked to participate, it was easy to say ‘yes.'”
Through the fair, Ferrara and her fellow organizers hope to help those struggling to find work develop many of the skills crucial to a job search. Although Career Services has sent representatives to regional high schools in the past, this is the first major initiative of its type.
In addition to the job fair, there will be two career workshops which will be offered in both Spanish and English. “The aim was to create a true outreach event that could really have an impact in the community beyond offering jobs,” explains Director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs Alejandra Molina.
Designed to develop resume writing skills, the first workshop will be held twice, first at 10 a.m., and again at 11 a.m. The second workshop will also be held twice, at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and will focus on building and improving interviewing skills.
Katherine Burgos ’12, who is also working with AmeriCorps this summer, will be serving as a translator for the event, giving presentations and answering questions. Already, she has translated all of the program’s posters and handouts into Spanish. Burgos gained experience in this field of work as a career opportunities researcher while an undergraduate.
“I hope that many people are interested in pursuing jobs and careers with the Colleges,” says Ferrara. “However, even if they are not, I hope many take advantage of these workshops; the information will be helpful no matter where they apply.”
All are welcome to attend the fair, and no registration is necessary.
The Salisbury Center for Career Services is dedicated to helping students develop the skills that they need to succeed upon graduation and holds many similar events throughout the year for the student body. In addition, they have an entire library of resources for students who are trying to determine in what career path they are interested.
The Office of Intercultural Affairs is incredibly active on campus promoting the values of equity, cultural acceptance and openness throughout every part of a liberal arts education.