November 02, 2018
As students showed up for the Fall Career Expo, held in the Events Center on Nov. 1 at California Baptist University, Lisa Singer, had one question in mind for them.
“What’s going to make you stand out?” asked Singer, associate director of employee relations in the Career Center at CBU.
Singer said this question helps students focus on what positive attributes they can bring to an organization.
“This is a perfect way to start practicing how students interact with professionals, how to ask questions, how to work on their elevator pitch, how to research companies and connect,” Singer said. “It is very valuable for students to start early in their college career and practice networking and meeting employers and not just wait until they are ready to graduate to start the process.”
Nearly 90 businesses attended the expo that connected CBU students and alumni with internships, part-time, full-time and contract positions.
“In addition to witnessing the growth at CBU, employers see that students are very well prepared technically and professionally, which definitely gives them reason to return to recruit,” Singer said.
Kalen Gopperton, a civil engineering junior, said she practiced introducing herself and preparing for questions before the event. She also noted how she utilized the services the Career Center offers, such as the mock interview and having her resume reviewed.
Hannah Johnston, a liberal studies junior, said she researched the employers she was interested in before the event.
“It’s very beneficial to have a career expo on campus,” said Johnston, who has attended several career fairs at CBU. “I can get more comfortable and form relationships with the representatives, and then to see the representative again helps a lot.”