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UHV job fair brings students and Crossroads employers together

By ALLISON MILES
Sept. 8, 2010 at 4:08 a.m.

Antonio Garcia fills out an application at the Texas Roadhouse vendor table at the part-time job fair hosted by the University of Houston-Victoria.

WANT HELP FINDING A JOB?The University of Houston-Victoria's Career Services department has a website geared toward helping current students and alumni. Visit http://www.uhv.edu/careerservices for more information.

Juan Andrade perched at a table, his brow furrowed as he examined the job applications in his hand.

The computer sciences major was among the students who attended the University of Houston-Victoria's part-time job fair Wednesday inside the university's multi-purpose room.

"I need to find a job," Andrade, a freshman from Sinton, said with a shrug. "I'm talking to everybody."

The fair, hosted by UHV's Career Services department, was a chance for students to meet up with employers from a variety of job sectors and hopefully find work, said Amy Hatmaker, a career services specialist.

Although the university has hosted career and education fairs in the past, Hatmaker said this was the first geared solely toward part-time jobs.

"Now, with the younger student body, we realized there would be more people looking for part-time work," she said. "We've had an excellent response from the local employers."

Elder Distributing attended the event because it was looking for merchandisers and warehouse employees, said Rodney Mutschler, who works with the company.

"I think it's a good deal for us and the students," he said, explaining applications went fast. "I just wish they'd had something like this when I was in school."

Accolade Hospice, based out of Yoakum, hoped to meet with students who live out in the region, said Rebecca Ward, the company's executive director.

"Some are commuting," she said. "We wanted to get our name out there to any people who might be interested."

While most companies hoped to fill a few positions, Sandra Shutt and Jackie Phillips were looking to build an entire staff. The women's husbands will soon open CherryBerry, a self-serve yogurt bar in Victoria.

"We've gotten a good response," Shutt said from behind her company's table.

It's possible that part-time work might lead to full-time positions, said Kirby Rollins, general manager for Fastenal, which sells industrial construction supplies.

"This is a great opportunity for college students to gain business knowledge and get a head start on their careers," he said.

Juan Hernandez, a senior at Victoria East High School, said a job fair seemed a good place to find work. The search process isn't always easy.

"I apply a lot and don't get responses," he said. "I know that the companies who came here need people."

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