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PCC to Host Career Fairs for Students, Alums

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College students and alumni will have a valuable opportunity to meet with area employers when the college holds a pair of career fairs on campus April 30 and May 1.

Representatives from a variety of businesses and industries are expected to participate in the “Mixed Majors Career Fair” on April 30. The next day will feature representatives from the health care industry speaking with PCC health sciences students as part of the “Health Sciences Career Fair.” Both fairs are scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Craig F. Goess Student Center on Pitt’s main campus.

Shaneeka Waterman, a career counselor with PCC Career Services, says the fairs are open to full- and part-time students, including those taking classes through distance learning. They are also open to PCC graduates, she said, adding that, unlike last year, those planning to attend do not have to register online beforehand.

In order to help students prepare for the fairs, Waterman said PCC Career Services is holding workshops on resumes/cover letters and offering attendees tips they can use to make a great impression on potential employers. She noted that individuals planning to attend the fairs must be dressed professionally for entry.

Waterman said that for the first time, PCC’s career fairs will have an official Twitter hashtag, #PCCBTO13, for attendees to follow. She said the measure was taken to encourage attendees to tweet about their experiences at the event, including pictures and interesting facts they learned while speaking with employers.

“I’m hopeful that the fairs are going to result in employers calling our students for interviews that will ultimately result in employment offers,” Waterman said. “I’ve been encouraging students to come to the fairs even if they aren’t necessarily seeking employment, because I want them to gain experience on how to market their skills and appreciate what they have to offer employers.”

A link to the “Bulldogs for Hire” jobs database, which has a list of the employers scheduled to attend, is available on the “Career Fair” page of PCC’s official website, www.pittcc.edu. Additionally, flyers posted around campus feature QR codes students can scan with their smartphones to find the latest career fair details, including a list of employers.

Waterman said employers that would like to participate in the career fairs can contact her at (252) 493-7741 or via e-mail at careerservices@email.pittcc.edu. She added that individuals can follow PCC Career Services (@PCC_CareerSrvs) on Twitter.