March 11, 2015

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Southern Illinois residents seeking either full- or part-time employment could find the job of their dreams at the 20th annual John A. Logan College Job Fair Wednesday, March 25th at the Donald L. Brewer Gymnasium.

More than 80 area employers are registered to participate in the four-hour event beginning at 9 a.m. and running through 1 p.m. Anyone is eligible to attend – students and graduates, as well as the general public.

“We started preparation for the fair back in January,” said Lisa Hudgens, Director of Career Services at the college. “We’re expecting a large crowd. We generally draw anywhere from 650 to 700 residents in those four hours.”

Hudgens said there is a wide variety of employers from which to choose, including retail and manufacturing.

“The key is to come prepared,” Hudgens said. “Bring your resume and dress professionally, because there have been a number of occasions where employers conduct brief on-site job interviews. So, you want to make a good first impression.”

Hudgens said some employers offer part-time jobs. Some offer full-time positions. Others offer summer internships.

Sherri Samuel of Carterville works for the college as a basic skills tutor and academic advisor in the Student Success Center. But in the late 1990s, she was looking for employment as a teacher.
Samuel said she read about the job fair in The Southern and decided she would attend.

“I had graduated with a teaching certificate a few years earlier in 1994, but couldn’t find a full-time teaching job here in the area,” she said. “All I could get was sub work. So, I decided to do as the ad said and come prepared to the job fair. It turned out to be the right move. I dressed as though I were going to an interview, had copies of my resume and a generic cover letter in a briefcase in hand.

“I met a man from Paducah at the fair who happened to be recruiting teachers for the elementary school system there and he asked me to come down for an interview the very next week,” Samuel said. “I did, and was hired on the spot. Later, I asked that recruiter why he picked me, and he said it was because I was so well prepared. I have been employed full-time ever since, so my advice to others would be to take this job fair seriously. Don’t show up in jeans and a T-shirt. Dress for success.”

For more information about the Logan job fair, contact Beth Hanner with the Career Services office at JALC at 985-2828, X8424.