Posted at 4:50 p.m., April 8, 2015

LCCC's Career Center hosts month of opportunities

Laramie County Community College’s Career Center is in full swing for its first big Career Fair in five years.

The center will provide a Career Month full of career development and job-seeking skills. The center partnered with Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to host the Spring Career Fair, which will take place from 10 a.m.-noon for veterans and from 1-4 p.m. for the general public on Wednesday, April 22, in the multipurpose gym on campus.

Past Career Fairs presented by the Career Center were mini-events that generally focused on specific programs of study. But this time, the Career Center has expanded the fair to a month’s worth of helping students learn more about résumé writing, interview skills, branding and the Linkedin website, all to prepare for the main Career Fair on April 22.

Some employers committed to attending include Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, state of Wyoming Administration and Information Division, EchoStar, DynoNobel and Union Pacific.

“We’re hoping for 100 employers, but we’ve got room for more than 100,” Rhonda Priest, career resource specialist and lead career coach, said. She said they even have a hospital in Gillette that reached out and has already set up a booth for potential employees.

The Career Center in the Student Services Building is focused on helping not only graduating students but students looking for either part-time or full-time jobs, transfer students, alumni and even prospective students. The center works year-round to help students prepare for job searching and even assists students in finding a career major. The center helps students with résumé writing, interview skills and internship opportunities around the clock but has dedicated the entire month of April to bring them to students all at once.

“This is what we do. We help students,” said Crystal Smith, career resource specialist and career adviser. “We want students to come [to the Career Center] their first year because we want them to start early.” She said doing the pre-work before the job-seeking process starts can save students a lot of time in the long run.

April is also an exciting month for the Career Center because they are working with LCCC’s public relations office to launch new, user-friendly pages on their website. The new pages will provide more information for students to search for careers, sample résumés, information about the workforce and specific information on programs of study. In addition, they have recently launched new Facebook and Twitter pages in which they also provide current career information.

Sara Vance, student ambassador for the Career Center, said, “Every day we come in and discover something new on the site we’re using, and I get excited.” In regard to the Career Fair, she said she’s enjoyed watching Smith and Priest plan the Career Month and witness the collaboration. But Smith insisted Vance is actually not just participating, but facilitating the planning and employer contacts.

“I’m having the best time going through the whole process,” Vance said.

Michael Morgan, interim manager at Chick-fil-a in the Frontier Mall, offered suggestions for students looking for a job. He said to remember the interview is a two-way street: It’s not just about what the company can do for you, but what you can do for the company.

Morgan suggested being curious and asking questions in the interview. “What we look for is someone whose passions and values align with the company’s,” Morgan said. He said the company naturally wants to hire people who enjoy serving others.

“People come to work. They feel empowered. They feel what they’re doing matters. They feel they are fulfilling their own dreams through Chick-fil-a,” Morgan said.

He said companies aren’t just out looking for people to whom to give away benefits and jobs. They are looking for someone who fits into what the company does, Morgan said.

“Many people make the mistake of trying to make this impression that they are the more important subject,” Morgan said. “You have to show how you would be great at Chick-fil-a.” This company mindset is common and not restricted to Chick-fil-a, Morgan said.

The events have already sprung into action, but it’s not too late to get some information and assistance before the big event on April 22.

The remaining events are as follows:

Career Center website

Career Center Facebook

Career Center Twitter