UHV job fair helps connect students with companies

By Jeremy Shapiro
Aug. 12, 2017 at 5:57 p.m.

Jeremy Shapiro

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My business will need several part-time workers this fall. What's the best way of talking with University of Houston-Victoria students about these positions?

Many new and returning University of Houston-Victoria students will be looking for part-time work when they arrive back in Victoria later this month.

The most convenient way to talk with them about part-time job openings is by signing up for a table at the university's annual Part-Time Job Fair. The free fair will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 in the UHV University North Multi-Purpose Room, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

The job fair has been a popular event since 2010, when the university first admitted freshmen and sophomores.

"I've received a great deal of positive feedback over the years about the outstanding work UHV students have performed as part-time employees," said Amy Hatmaker, UHV Career Services manager. "There are a number of companies interested in hiring our students, so often it's a matter of making connections. The Part-Time Job Fair is an ideal time for students and employers to make those connections."

While the Aug. 30 fair is devoted to part-time employment, it also offers students a chance to start networking and get a feel for internship or full-time job opportunities. Hatmaker recommends that students bring resumes and dress professionally.

"It's never too early for students to get in front of employers," she said. "Students can take advantage of the opportunity to visit with company representatives and find out more about the kinds of jobs they have and careers they offer. Likewise, employers can get an idea of students' skills and start getting to know potential job prospects."

Among the companies that have signed up are the Victoria Television Group, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, Victoria County Juvenile Justice Center and Let's Dance Ballroom.

Let's Dance is looking for a few ballroom dance instructors they can train, Hatmaker said.

There is no cost for companies to have a booth at the job fair, but registration is required. To sign up, go to uhv.edu/jobsforjags, or contact Hatmaker at 361-570-4378 or hatmakera@uhv.edu. The deadline to register is Aug. 25. Tables and wi-fi will be provided for each business.

Students and company representatives will notice UHV Career Services has a new platform for Jobs for Jags. The website, www.uhv.edu/jobsforjags, presents job and internship opportunities for students. The new platform also has built-in job search features like career videos and interview tips.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria for the higher education column? Contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications manager, at 361-570-4296 or shapiroj@uhv.edu.


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