Job opportunities and sweet treats draw students

By Zico Dumo - Staff Reporter

Despite a bunch of candy grabbers, yesterday's Highline Job Fair managed to connect a lot of students with potential employers.

A job fair is held every quarter and offers employers a chance to advertise about open positions and provide information about their companies. It is open to the community, students and alumni.

Yesterday, 50 employers set up their tables, endured people pretending to be interested just so they could grab some swag, and still managed to snag a lot of prospects.

"We've hired a handful of qualified students in the past, so we continue [coming] because, why not?" asked Lynessa Tinglum, a representative for Advanced Health Care.

She and many other employers agreed that the job fair helps find workers, and is a good investment of time.

The job fairs have been happening for 10 years and always attract a large number of students, said Chantal Carrancho, the college program manager for Career Services.

"We always have a good turnout of students," she said, "I think the highest we've got is around 500."

Many students agreed that it was a great way to get information about the workforce.

"I think it's good that Highline offers this," said Running Start student Berri Gomez-Torres. "It gives students a resource to find out information about what they need for a job."

Other students said they were more focused on getting hired rather than just collecting information.

"Personally, I don't find it helpful," said Alex Ryding, a second-year returning student. "They just throw flyers at you and expect you to sign up. It'd be better if they offered applications."

And then there were the students motivated strictly by the swag.

"If you talk to them, you can get candy and pens without the awkwardness," said student Savannah Heruska. "I guess in a sense it kind of pushes you to educate yourself, just for the candy."

Carrancho said the Winter Quarter Job Fair has yet to be scheduled.

However, information on career exploration, job search, campus employment and resume writing at Highline's Career and Student Employment website:

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