students at skyline college career fairOn Wednesday, May 11, Skyline College Career Services Center hosted a Career Fair. The purpose of this event was to assist students of SMCCCD and job seekers in surrounding communities obtain employment by connecting with employers offering available positions.

Although the economy is slowly recovering, many individuals and families in surrounding communities continue to struggle financially. The Career Fair provided participants, particularly Skyline students, access to organizations looking to hire applicants. Career Fair participants received free popcorn, a number of give-a-ways and an opportunity to participate in a raffle to win an 8GB Galaxy Tablet, compliments of the Skyline College Book Store.

The energy and excitement at the event was amazing. Approximately one hundred individuals attended the event, located in Building 6 of the Skyline College campus, which started at 10:00 a.m. and ended at 2:00 p.m.  Forty-one enthusiastic employers tabled the event, which included companies like US Bank, Comcast, Nordstrom, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, KinderCare Education, American Medical Response, and the South San Francisco Fire Department, to name a few.

Additionally, Career Services Center featured a resume review table to support the needs of job seekers looking to develop, or update their resumes. Prior to the Career Fair, the Career Services Center in collaboration with the Employment Development Department (EDD) hosted a series of Dress for Success Workshops aimed at assisting job seekers in their preparation for this event.

On February 18, the Career Services Center launched a Resume Drop-In Session, where individuals in the surrounding communities, as well as Skyline students, could walk-in and receive resume development support from an EDD expert. The Resume Drop-In Session is held on Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Career Services Center located in building 1, Room 1-219B of the Skyline College Campus.  The sessions, will continue in the afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, until May 25, 2016. The Career Fair was free and open to all job seekers in and around the San Mateo County area.

Article by Eilene Williams | Photos by Nicholas Zuniga and Claudia Paz