By Dr. Beth Clarke and Sierra Boudreaux
Pineville, LA (LCU News) – The newly established Center for Calling & Career at Louisiana Christian University sponsored a job fair Monday for students seeking on-campus employment. This is the first event of its kind at LCU and allowed interested students to apply for any of the 162 part-time jobs on campus.
Two hundred forty-nine students attended the job fair—submitting resumes and applications and visiting with representatives of the different college departments looking for assistance in a multitude of roles.
“Our goal is to teach our students the process of attending a job fair in an effort to learn how to properly speak to a future employer and to go through the process of submitting a resume and interviewing for a position,” said CCC Executive Director Meredith Rennier. “Another goal is to keep our students on campus demonstrating how Louisiana Christian University helps make college affordable by giving opportunities for students to earn money while attending school.”
Mallory Joseph, a sophomore communication studies major, applied for several different campus jobs at the fair.
“I think it’s a good idea because as a freshman I didn’t know about all these student jobs,” she said.
Victoria Watson, a sophomore journalism major, said her expectation of the fair was to seek out the job opportunities that LCU had to offer students.
“I was very anxious about the job fair before I came because I have never filled out a job application or done a resume,” she said. “Despite that, I was able to successfully fill out the applications because of the help of the faculty of staff. The atmosphere was very weLCUoming, so I was put at ease.”
Rennier said that’s why events like this, and others planned for this semester are so important for LCU students. She has a resume workshop and professional etiquette training sessions in the works.
Each department or office on campus had a table set up advertising the different positions with applications available for interested students.
Juanita Mormon, assistant professor of the MSW program, said her department has five student workers. She said she was encouraged by the number of students who attended and applied for jobs—and by how professional they were.
Angie Bunting, LCU’s bursar, said she loves that the College held the fair so that all departments got a chance to meet and interview a larger pool of students. Prior to this practice, students had to visit individual departments searching for on-campus employment. This allowed students and college personnel to find the best fit.
The fair was held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Granberry Conference Center, and 31 departments participated.