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SEMO hosts Fall Career Expo while adjusting to new campus guidelines

Monday, September 7, 2020
Southeast students meet with potential employers at the Southeast Job Expo in the University Center on Sept. 3, 2020. Members of Southeast’s Career Services greeted expo attendees as they arrived and provided information to students.
Photo by Beau Nations

Southeast students attended the first Part-Time MicroExpo of Southeast’s Career Expo on Thursday, Sept. 3.

The expo was hosted by Southeast’s Career Services in the University Center and featured several employers offering part-time jobs to students in search of employment.

Due to campus guidelines, some new precautionary measures were implemented, including having only one employer for each company present and separating tables to prevent crowding.

Employer Relations Specialist Amy Aldridge welcomed students at the entrance and pointed them in the right direction for job opportunities they might be interested in.

“Today’s Part-Time Expo is our first venture into doing a smaller micro event,” Aldridge said. “We were really hoping to see what the landscape looked like locally, as far as what employers wanted to do to reach out to our students.”

The employers in attendance featured a diverse choice of part-time employment opportunities for students ranging from retail, medical and media.

HR Business Partner at SoutheastHEALTH Tiara Ross was one of the representatives at the expo. Ross, along with other SoutheastHEALTH representatives, has attended every Career Expo over the past several years.

Ross said a qualified candidate would be “someone who has great customer service skills, someone who is reliable and maybe someone who just wants to get their foot in the door.”

Ross explained the importance of hiring locally due to the close relationship between the university and the hospital.

“Nothing is more great than being able to recruit right at home,” Ross said. “We are right down the street from SEMO, so it’s just perfect for students to be able to work there. … They can walk.”

Exercise Science Freshman Elijah Ware was one of the attendees at the latest job expo.

“I was going in to see if anything would be more flexible, especially with my college hours,” Ware said. “Looking for better pay, which always helps for first-time college students. … It never hurts to look.”

The next micro job expo will take place Sept. 17 at Dempster Hall and will focus on business, accounting and finance employment opportunities. A virtual career expo will take place Sept. 30.

For more information on student employment opportunities, visit the Career Services website.

For more upcoming events happening through Semo, visit Engage in 8.