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Ben Barber Students & Community Members Connect for Job Opportunities at Upcoming Connext Job Fair

Mar 31, 2017 03:53PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

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The Connext Job Fair is right around the corner, their goal all about connecting businesses with students to share what they do. 

This job fair is an event where DECA and Marketing students connect with community members in order to develop a partnership for job opportunities. DECA is a co-curricular leadership organization for business and marketing students. 

This event is important for many reasons.

  1. It provides students with accessible opportunity to seek employment in the community.

  2. It provides an opportunity for students to present resumes and build networking skills.

  3. It helps build partnerships with the community and education.

  4. It promotes and supports the mission of Ben Barber Innovation Academy.

  5. It helps local companies showcase their employment and internship opportunities.

The ultimate goal of the event is to provide an opportunity for students to seek employment and provide a real world opportunity for students to incorporate or showcase the skills and trades they have learned and developed through their programs of study.

Any student who is currently attending Ben Barber Innovation Academy will be eligible to attend. Any company in Mansfield and surrounding areas is invited and encouraged to participate.

If you are a vendor looking to attend this event, expect a heavy flow of traffic from a variety of students throughout the day. This is a great opportunity for a vendor to showcase employment opportunities and to increase their interaction with a quality employment pool.

A student participant can expect an opportunity to apply, connect and network with a broad range of business all in one place.  They are able to meet with representatives face to face and receive immediate feedback and suggestions on how to apply, set up interviews and pass out resumes and business cards.

The event is produced and ran by the upper level business, marketing and DECA students. They are gaining experience with event planning that includes negotiating contracts, planning marketing, public relations, advertising and hospitality for a real event.  

Leading up to the event, this group sends emails and travel to various classes around campus and give out tips on how to prepare for a job fair. They encourage students to have resumes and business cards to leave with the potential employers, and encourage them to come in professional dress.

During the day, activities will be planned to make it fun for the students, such as photo opportunities and professional-dress contests. The event has no charge, even for the vendors. Each representative will also be supplied with a box lunch that is prepared by their culinary department.  

To help close out the event and receive immediate feedback, students will conduct a vendor survey and a student survey to measure the success and future needs of the event. In addition, each of their vendors will receive a certificate of appreciation for attending the event.

This event will be a great experience for all, and is almost solely organized by bright students looking to make an impact on both their own futures, as well as the futures of their peers.

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This content put together by the upper level business, marketing and DECA students of Ben Barber Innovation Academy, Angel Francis- President, Sydney Christensen- VP of social media, and Megan Budnik- Vice President.

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