By Melissa Greenwald
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The Camden County College Blackwood campus hosted its seventh annual Spring Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18.
The job fair, which took place in the Atrium of the Connector Building, was designed to give students who attend Camden County College the opportunity to apply for jobs without having to go far.
The college hosts two job fairs each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The spring job fair is the bigger of the two because more vendors attend the job fair in the spring. It also has a wider variety of vendors because “students are thinking about jobs for after graduation” in the spring, said Career Services Adviser Derena Shafer, who organized the event.
Shafer said the companies that participated in the event included “nursing, IT, business, animal health, criminal justice and retail.” She stated she emailed an invitation to employers she’s done business with before and others.
The job fair offered students the chance to have job shadowing/informational interviews, receive internship and volunteer information, participate in an instant hiring day or undergo a mock interview, all depending on what the vendor wanted to take part in.
More than 200 students and community members attended the job fair, Shafer said.
Sixty vendors were represented at the job fair. Among them was Spring Hills Senior Living Center, a luxury senior living community in Cherry Hill. Spring Hills was looking for students who had a certification for health care and students who had experience working with senior citizens.
Spring Hills employees said most of the students who spoke with them at the job were the most eager about jobs relating to dining services and serving the residents.
Also represented at the job fair was the New Jersey Department of Corrections, which was looking for students who were interested in working in a prison. The officers at the department’s table said students needed to have a high school diploma and a driver’s license to apply for a job with the department.
Greg Goldstein, a communications major at Camden County College, said he was looking for “a job in media, either radio, TV or PR.” He stated he was “enjoying the fair by gandering around looking for something.”