April 15, 2016
Students had a valuable chance to make professional connections with companies in the greater Houston, Texas, area in late March at the SNHU Career Houston Hiring Fair. This daylong event, held at Norris Conference Center in Houston, provided networking opportunities with regional employers, professional LinkedIn photos for those interested and lots of peer networking with others in the SNHU Community.
The event, with a strong emphasis on hiring vs. simply a career fair, came into fruition as the result of feedback SNHU Career advisors received during the 2015 See Yourself Succeed cross-country bus tour and its related events - as well as the success rates from a similar fair held in Portsmouth, NH, this past year.
According to Brian Vas, assistant vice president of SNHU Career, who oversees career advising, business development and career connections, prior outreach was done to 550 students in the Houston area, which resulted in the completion of 150 new resumes. "Our career advisors contacted our students, prescreened them and matched them up for prescheduled interviews, based on their skill sets, with our employers for 15-30 minutes each," said Vas.
The early portion of the day had been designed as a traditional career fair, where students and employers interacted with each other in a casual manner, more so as an introductory period. The afternoon was focused on one-on-one interaction, through the prescheduled interviews.
Eight SNHU Career team members, including Vas, Angelika Maryniak, Tamrah Rouleau, Kyle Skov, Rose Winn, Laurie Lewis, Darrin Heald and Patricia Santos, were on hand at the hiring fair, as well as 24 employers. "A hundred and ten students visited this fair from Houston and across the country," Vas said. "There were 140 prescheduled interviews and we're currently waiting for the final hiring numbers from our employers."
What's next for SNHU Career? There's much in the works, with the expectation of making additional visits throughout the coming year across the country. For the latest on SNHU Career events, activities and opportunities for students and alumni, visit the SNHU Career blog.
Comcast was on hand, ready to connect with and interview students.
Student Kenneth Cruz interviewed with Dahill Office Technology Corporation.
A hiring team from WIS International met with students.
The City of Houston proved to be a popular employer at the hiring fair. They had a line throughout the event.
Employer Rice University speaks to student Shaundreka Hearne, and the Peace Corps connects with another student in the background.
Representatives from the University of Houston interviewed students for potential roles within their organization.
Student Christopher Behan speaks to employer Waste Management during the interview portion of the SNHU Career Houston Hiring Fair. Other employers in the immediate forefront include the City of Houston and Ultimate Staffing.
A student interviews with employer Walgreens.
A student speaks with employer United Recovery Services.
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