RSC job fair major success

By: Christian Tabak

Volunteer Reporter —

RSC students and local community members gathered in the Student Center to learn more about a wide variety of employment opportunities from major employers at the job fair held on Oct. 29.

Job fair crowd

RSC students and community members crowd the Student Center during the job fair Oct 29 Photo by Christian Tabak

The job fair was free and open to the public and featured over 75 different employers with over 2,200 job openings, including major employers such as Mercy Hospital, Tinker Air Force Base, Norman Regional Health System and INTEGRIS. Training centers such as the Mid-Del Technology Center were also present to offer attendees low-cost career training opportunities. At the end of the event raffle prizes were awarded to a few lucky attendees.

Victoria Deleon, criminal justice major, said, “I was surprised at the great variety and diversity of information. It was really a perfect event for college students, featuring a wide variety of employers that target both broad and specific employment needs.”

Employers were also thrilled with the success of the job fair. Companies such as Coca-Cola, AT&T, UPS, Arby’s, Tinker Air Force Base and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections found the job fair to be not only busy but also full of qualified candidates.

Sheri Speaks of Oasis Staffing, a large-scale staffing company which works to secure a wide variety of jobs for a variety of employees, said, “This career fair has been the best and most busy out of the last six or seven we’ve attended in the area this year. We’ll definitely be coming back for subsequent fairs.”

Degrees in nursing, engineering, criminal justice and business were the most sought after specialized degrees by employers, but other employers like the Oklahoma Department of Corrections had variety of different degree needs.

“Most people think of criminal justice when they think of the Department of Corrections, however, we also need employees with degrees in nursing, business, accounting, psychology, and sociology,” Karen White of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Human Resources Department said.

Many other jobs with employers such as AT&T, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Coca-Cola and Jackson Hewitt had entry-level job openings that required no college degree and offered employees training opportunities that were either fully paid or offered at low cost.

Employers were almost unanimous in their advice for potential employees and job seekers: don’t be afraid to apply for positions, don’t get discouraged, remember that first impressions are important, and always pay attention to position eligibility and requirements.

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