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USFSP Hosts Job and Internship Fair

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s twice-annual job fair offered 1,350 job opportunities to students last Thursday. The purpose of the job fair is for employers to interview students, and for students to build connections and pass out their resumes.

Many companies have built a relationship with the USFSP Career Center, and come back each year to hire students. They spent their time interviewing students, answering questions, and explaining what their companies are looking for in employees.

GTE Financial attended, looking for part time employees and potential interns. GTE representatives said their main goal is to hire students who are customer focused, willing to  learn and looking to advance in the company. Students without a background in finance are encouraged to apply, as they say the are not looking for anyone going into a particular career field, just hardworking, driven students.  

For those looking for a career in law enforcement, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has 250 vacant spots on their force.

Sam McDougall, a sophomore business major at USFSP, went to the job fair last fall and was hired by a local law firm on the spot. “It’s so important to get a foot in the door, and put a name to the face,” McDougall said. This year, he spent his time networking with local businesses. McDougall said he noticed more businesses told students to apply online instead of in person compared to last year.

The USFSP Career Center offers a myriad of free services to students including help with creating resumes and cover letters. Photo courtesy of Emily Bowers/Connect.

Anticipating this change, the Career Center created Handshake, an online career resource for students. “We have more than 30 or 40 new jobs every single day that are being posted on there,” Career Center Director Lesa Shouse said. This includes local, national and international job opportunities.

To make the most of Handshake, Shouse recommends students create their profile, upload their resumes to the website, and make their profiles viewable to employers.

“When [you] upload your resume, it will actually be reviewed by someone in our office and approved,” Shouse said. “If it doesn’t meet the minimum requirements we know employers are looking for, we will send feedback,” she said.

Students who missed the event can create a Handshake account and see the companies that attended. The Career Center also offers student walk-in appointments from noon to 5 p.m. every day.  

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