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Career Fair Leads to Jobs for Three National College Students



Jan 13, 2015

The Akron Area Campus recently hosted a career fair welcoming employers from both local and national businesses to the campus to seek out potential employees. Several students who jumped at the opportunity to lay out their personal and educational qualifications for employers were rewarded for their efforts.

Medical assisting students Veatrice Smith and Tahjanae O’Neal spoke with a representative from Hattie Larlham, a company that provides care services to individuals with developmental disabilities. After successful interviews, both students were pleased to be offered positions within the organization. Tahjanae has a sister who is disabled and felt she had personal experience relevant to the job. “It’s something I wanted to do,” she explained.

Accounting student Jennifer Jarosz spent time at the career fair talking to Janet McFarlin of accounting firm Donovan, Klimczak & Company. After the career fair, Jennifer stayed in touch with Ms. McFarlin to make sure she wasn’t forgotten. “It’s important to thank people for their time by sending notes or calling,” Jennifer says. “Don’t let those personal connections go dry; make sure recruiters remember who you are.” Her attempts paid off when she was hired by the firm. 

These three students made sure to get the most out of the career fair and encourage others to take advantage of events organized by the career center. “Recruiters are looking; take advantage of that,” said Veatrice Smith. “Have your résumé ready and dress to impress.” 

(L to R) Tahjanae O’Neal, Veatrice Smith, and Jennifer Jarosz all have new jobs as a result of connections made at a recent Akron Area Campus career fair.

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tags: OH-Akron Area Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)