TRAC will host Career Fair Nov. 20

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Students can sharpen their résumés to give them an edge.

By Orlando Torres

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Representatives from 30 companies will be in Candler Physical Education Center 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 20 for a Career Fair sponsored by TRAC.

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“It’s going to vary from day care centers to the city of Austin Fire Department. Those are just a few of the companies that will be in attendance,” Dr. Ruben Whitney, career counselor in the transfer center, said Nov. 6.

Some companies that have reserved a spot are La Familia Cortez Restaurant, Grand Hyatt, YMCA of Greater San Antonio and Primerica Financial Services.

More will be announced through the news and events postings on this college’s website and flyers around campus. The web address for news and events is https://www.alamo.edu/sac/news-events/news/.

In fall 2018, more than 30 employers attended the fair. Some employers have not been so quick to RSVP for the event this fall, he said.

Employers like to wait until the last minute to RSVP, which he said can be a “bit scary” when planning this event.

Students will have an opportunity to talk to representatives about job duties and possibly have an interview at the event.

“The employers are aware that students won’t be dressed to impress on a school day,” Whitney said. “Come dressed casual with your résumé and ready to stand out.”

The transfer center is helping students shape up their résumés before the fair.

“A lot of times students want to list multiple jobs on their résumés, but they just need their most recent employment for the one-page résumé that they’re encouraged to bring in,” Whitney said.

Students are encouraged to submit their résumés to this college’s career counselor at rwhitney2@alamo.edu for help constructing it.

The companies in attendance will work with the students’ class schedules, but hiring officials want to get to know the people who will possibly be working for them, Whitney said.

“If I was the hiring representative, I would look for a person that’s personable, someone that can talk to me in a business matter,” Whitney said.

Students are able to go table-to-table to see which job fits them best and which company will possibly hire them first.

The transfer center is expecting another good turnout, but the hours restrict some students from attending during classes, he said.

Some 300 to 400 students are expected, which is the average number of students who have attended this event in the past three years.

“We’re hoping that the instructors are willing to let the students attend the career fair. It would be just for one day to allow students to find work,” Whitney said.

For more information on the career fair, visit the transfer center in Room 100 of Moody Learning Center or call 210-486-1500.

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