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CCPD Holds Successful 2013 Fall Jobs Fair

Oscar Gamble

October 10, 2013

Cheyney University students and alumni, armed with resumes, take advantage of the 2013 Fall Career Fair.    Photo by Corey Carter

Cheyney University students and alumni, armed with resumes, take advantage of the 2013 Fall Career Fair. Photo by Corey Carter

Enthusiastic representatives from over 30 businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and political organizations met with eager job and intern-seeking Cheyney University students and recent graduates, as CU’s Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) held its 2013 Fall Jobs Fair Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Marcus Foster Student Center’s auditorium. 

Representatives looking to hire from a wide range of majors set up shop at small tables bedecked with company logos, literature, pens and pamphlets. The event, coordinated by CCPD Director Ruth Brice, provided job seekers  an opportunity to get up-close and personal with potential employers. 
 
Many representatives were impressed by the well-spoken, sharply dressed and well-prepared Cheyney attendees. “We got a lot of good resumes and met a lot of great individuals” said Patrick Tighe of the Pennsylvania Treasury Department.   “It’s nice to talk face-to-face.”
 
That same sentiment was expressed often by employers seeking to recruit college students in a slowly but surely improving economy. While the unemployment figures for Americans 25 and younger are over twice the national average, hiring of recent college grads is expected to increase by 2 percent with a 5.3 percent uptick in starting salary for the class of 2013 according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Despite the sluggish recovery, “We’re always hiring” said Tiffany Welcome of the PA Department of the Auditor General.
 
Financial institutions, commercial banks, technology conglomerates and law enforcement agencies from Baltimore, MD to Camden County, NJ came to assess Cheyney talent. Those entities offering tuition reimbursement or loan forgiveness, such as the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), the Marines and the Pennsylvania National Guard were especially popular. “If you’re in the PA National Guard while you’re enrolled here at Cheyney, your tuition is one hundred percent paid so you can walk away from college debt free,” explained Sgt. Ryan LaVeyra, who went on to discuss other details of an Army commitment.
 
Some attendees, like the Young Professional Collaborative, were not looking to hire at all, but were there instead to  “Pay it Forward” and enhance the prospects of the next generation of professionals through workshops on budgeting, resume optimization, professional dress and workplace decorum.
 
Cheyney's CCPD offers students and alumni a number of resources including resume writing assistance, help with job search strategies and taking the necessary steps to define their career goals and develop action plans.
 
For more information or to use CCPD's services call (610) 399-2033 or email rbrice@cheyney.edu.