On Thursday, February 26th, the Arnold High School students went to Broken Bow for the Central Nebraska Job Fair. The Headline Sponsors were Adams Land & Cattle, Becton Dickinson, and Thomas Livestock Company.
The fair was held out at the One Box Convention Center, and the businesses were set up with real job applications. The students had a unique opportunity to learn about the high number of jobs that are available in the county and the companies that are searching for the employees. Some of the students took applications in hopes they might be finding jobs and internships in the near future.
"I would have given the kids a better shot at getting the jobs than some of the adults who were coming in as we left," said Mrs. Mohr, instructor.
The Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, along with the Custer County Economic Development Committee and the CAPABLE organization, set up this job fair for the area students and adults. The students were able to go through the job fair beginning at 1:30, and the adults were to begin at 3 p.m.
However, when it came time for the students to board the bus, they weren't ready to go and wanted to stay and interact more with the businesses. "The kids weren't checking their watches, or waiting to leave. They were engaged and learning the entire time," said Mr. Mohr.
After students went through the job fair, Stephanie Miller, the human relations department of Adams Land and Cattle, spoke with the students about protection from social media in a break out session. "I will look at your resume for 15 seconds and then spend my time looking you up on social media."
"I liked learning about all the little secrets about interviewing and resumes. The mock interviews were great," said Brooke Blowers.
Other suggestions from her speech included better email addresses, hand shakes, interviewing techniques, speed of speech, how she uses silence to get the interviewee to break the silence and start the discussion.
The organizers said that what they offered to the students (the classes about resumes and interviews) and the job fair was the same thing that was offered to the adults.
"Two of my favorite things from (the fair) was looking at how another business similar to ours (SHGP) runs. Another would be the speech about the resume," said Haley Reed.
Posted on Fri, February 27, 2015
by Nicole Badgley