Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Career Development Opportunities at VWCC

Two emails I've received this week about Career Development:

Greetings to All,

Our students and graduates are entering the work force at a very exciting time. As baby boomers retire, the demand to hire good employees will continue to grow. At this time, there are many good jobs available to our students; these job postings are on our Website. However, job hunting is a huge challenge to most students. According to the feedback I receive from employers and members of the Roanoke Valley Society of Human Resource Managers, our students and students from other colleges and universities need to improve their job hunting skills. Students don't complete applications properly and are often ill prepared for interviews.

In addition to the services our staff provides, two employers in the Valley have volunteered to come to the Career Center throughout the semester to work with our students. They will conduct mock interviews, assist with the application process, and critique resumes. I would envision a Wednesday afternoon session once a month.

I think this opportunity will help our students to compete in the work place. Would you share this opportunity with your students. Students can contact me directly to register to attend one of these sessions. I will email a complete schedule shortly.

Thank you for your support.
Sandra R. McMinnis
Hall Associates Career & Employment Assistance Center
Virginia Western Community College
(540) 857-6379

Career Services is sponsoring three workshops in preparation for Career Premiere, the regional career fair to be held on February 20, at the Wyndham Hotel. General information on career fair etiquette, dressing for success, completing job applications, resume writing, and interviewing will be presented.

The Career Premiere 2007 workshops are scheduled for:
Wednesday, January 31 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in Whitman Auditorium, or
Thursday, February 1 from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. in Whitman Auditorium (the first two workshops will include guest community business speakers and will accommodate a large audience since they will be held in the auditorium.)
Wednesday, February 7 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in D106 (This workshop is part of the Hot Topic series and will be conducted by Rhonda Perdue.)
Please announce this information in your classes, and please share this information with adjunct faculty in your division. For your reference, general information about this career fair which was previously sent is included below.


Gary Adkins
Hall Associates Career & Employment Assistance Center
Student Center, room 202

Career Premiere 2007

Virginia Western is partnering with Averett University, Bridgewater College, Ferrum College, Liberty University, Mary Baldwin College, and Radford University to offer a regional career fair on Tuesday, February 20, 2007. This career fair will be called Career Premiere and will be held at the Wyndham Hotel from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On the day of the career fair students will be able to:
meet and talk with employers, and interview for current job openings
discuss the possibility of internships with employers
discuss future job possibilities with employers – both within their company and within the occupational field in general
Admission will be limited to students and alumni from the participating colleges. If you would like to attend, please stop by the Hall Associates Career & Employment Assistance Center in S202 to pick up a ticket. The list of participating employers is being updated continuously and is available in the Career Center and on the career fair web site:


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