Job Fair features healthcare industry employers

San Jacinto College’s North Campus Career Services and the Healthcare Pathways Grant will host a Health Science Job Fair on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Job seekers can speak with employers from different health care areas including hospitals, home health care, optometrists, long-term care facilities, EMT services, and more. Beginning at 11 a.m., employers will have individual tables set up inside of Allied Health Science Building Atrium.

The Healthcare Pathways Grant is a U.S. Department of Labor healthcare occupations training grant. Grant Training Coordinator Nancy Martin said the grant’s interest in the job fair is to train around 1,000 students over a three-year period and to have them all employed by the grant’s end date, June 20, 2014.

“We hope for all of the job seekers to have an opportunity to one: find employment; two: see what is available in the job market; and, three: obtain valuable experience in speaking, discussing the job market and interviewing with employers in the area,” Martin said.

North Campus Career and Employment Coordinator Dinorah Ramos said students will learn the importance of how body language, wearing proper attire, and firm hand-shakes continue to be the upmost skills needed to land a job.

“Get connected with real people,” Ramos said. “In an era where social networking is controlling the way we communicate, the job fair will provide an opportunity for face to face interactions.”

Martin said that job seekers who plan on attending the Health Science Job Fair should bring resumes and dress professionally.

“Plan, prepare and prioritize,” Ramos said. “Prepare a plan of action. Plan the time you will spend visiting with employers and bring plenty of resumes.”

Martin said San Jac South and Central campuses hosted their own successful Health Science Job Fairs during fall 2013.

“The outcome of job fairs is typically pretty good,” Martin said. “Student participation has been excellent in the past.”