The Community Connection

MCCC to host virtual Career Fair, Employer Days

Events are open to students, alumni, community members

- By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-centurymed­ia. com @MercBiz on Twitter

“During a time when everyone needs work, these events really give students, alumni and community members a platform to engage with employers.”

— Takisha Mundy, director of career services for MCCC

WHITPAIN » Montgomery County Community College will present several virtual opportunit­ies for job seekers to network with area businesses. The college has scheduled two virtual Employer Days and a Career Fair for students, alumni and community members.

An Employer Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to noon, and is the second in a series of Employer Days the college is hosting. The third Employer Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. The career fair is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“During a time when everyone needs work, these events really give students, alumni and community members a platform to engage with employers,” Takisha Mundy, director of career services for MCCC, said in a press release. “Likewise, employers are looking for great talent.”

While the Employer Days and the Career Fair will provide job seekers with a chance to meet employers in a virtual setting, the Employer Days provide for more informal opportunit­ies to engage with employers, according to Mundy, and are meant to take away some of the pressure for job seekers.

“Participan­ts can let their hair down a bit and learn more about the opportunit­ies available to them,” she said.

Employer Days events also provide an opportunit­y for participan­ts who need practice meeting with potential employers.

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get butterflie­s before a job interview,” Mundy added. “We have workshops to train students and alumni to ask employers the right questions, which allows them to grow their confidence. Exposure

is very important.”

In an emailed response to questions, Mundy said participan­ts should come prepared with their resumes ready for electronic sharing via email or to apply through a company’s website.

“Participan­ts should also be prepared to discuss their experience and the types of work they are looking to explore,” she added.

Once participan­ts join the Zoom meeting, they will enter a main welcome room where they will be greeted by a member of the MCCC Career Services team. There will be a display to announce the employers that are participat­ing that day, Mundy explained.

“From there, participan­ts will let us know which employers they’d like to see, and we’ll move them into a breakout room to speak with the respective employers of choice,” she said. “Participan­ts will then have conversati­ons to learn more about the companies and available positions.”

Each participan­t will have the opportunit­y to visit with as many employers as time allows, she added.

Mundy recommends following MCCC on its social media platforms to see a list of participat­ing employers, adding that the names of participat­ing employers will be posted a few days before each event. The industries and opportunit­ies will vary with each event.

Current MCCC students and alumni will receive the informatio­n via other college channels, she added.

According to Career Coach Nicole Brouse, the events contribute to the personal developmen­t of job seekers.

“Participan­ts can think about their career options and start networking and getting questions answered with seasoned profession­als in the field,” she said in the release. “They can learn something that can help them make decisions moving forward.”

Mundy said the college has been able to pivot to offer its events virtually since spring of 2020.

A benefit of virtual events, according to Bethany Eisenhart, coordinato­r of internship­s and career services, is that it extends the reach of the events for students that might not normally be able to participat­e in on-campus events.

“They are now able to get involved with virtual events. Those students can connect to a community virtually that they wouldn’t have had in person,” she said in the release.

Mundy added that the virtual events give students an opportunit­y to engage with the career services department.

“We can let them know of services they can take advantage of including resume reviews, networking events that will allow them to build relationsh­ips with employers. It sets students up for career success,” she added.

Pre-registrati­on for the Employer Days and Career Fair are not required. To join the events visit www. Links to the events will be posted. To follow Montgomery County Community college’s social media platforms to see a list of employers visit Instagram: @careerserv­icesmc3; Facebook: @MontcoCare­erServices; and Twitter: @mccccareer.

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