#RECHARGE Your Skills for the BRIC Job Fair!

#RECHARGE Your Skills for the BRIC Job Fair!

It’s been years in the making and after all the blood, sweat and tears that have been shed, the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC) is finally scheduled to open fall 2014! Not only does the #CPPBRIC offer numerous amenities to reinvent the way students #RECHARGE, it will also be offering over 100 jobs to Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) students.

A rendering of the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex, set to open Fall 2014

The process to get these student staff positions filled is reaching its peak with the approaching BRIC Job Fair sessions. As most of you know, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), Human Resources (HR) has been holding numerous Job Info Sessions in an attempt to prepare students for one of three BRIC Job Fairs they must attend in order to apply and interview to become an employee at the BRIC.

Missed the Info Sessions? I had a chance to sit down and speak with ASI HR Manager, Lisa Dye, and ask her a few questions about the upcoming job fairs. Here’s what she shared:

What can students expect to see at the BRIC Job Fairs?
They should know they are actually interviewing on site. Students should come prepared with a résumé and an application for each position they are applying to; they will be pre-screened to ensure they meet minimum qualifications and if they do, they will move forward to the interviews.

A shot of the BRIC

What is the first thing an interviewer looks for when interviewing a student for the job?
It really depends on the interviewer, but I really think the common denominator would be: is the person a good fit? Do they have the knowledge, the skills and the abilities to do the job? I also think their characteristics in terms of being a good fit for ASI and ASI Campus Recreation is crucial. You may be a good fit for the job, but are you going to motivate people to do better and be better?

A rendering of what the BRIC looks like inside

What are common mistakes students make during an interview?
I think more often than not, students fail to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities well. They might have what we’re looking for, but they somehow fail to communicate that to the interviewer. This is really key for the BRIC Job Fair because unlike a normal recruitment process where the interviewer gets all the applications, reads through them and decides who they want to interview, since there will be hundreds of students at the Job Fair, interviewers will have to scan through résumés and applications hurriedly before diving into the interviewing process. I think students need to know that the interviewer will not have had a lot of time to go through their applications and résumé. Remember to study the position description and talk about all the requirements and characteristics you have that are listed. If you have relevant experience, do not rely on your résumé to communicate that for you; that can really cost you. Be assertive and communicate all your skills.

What can you tell students to help calm down their nerves?
You should understand that all you’re doing is talking about yourself, and you know you better than anything and anyone else does. People get really nervous and get hung up on the do’s and don’ts, and this and that, but you already know everything you need to in order to land the job: yourself. Remember that and stay grounded. All you have to do is sell yourself—why are you awesome? Focus on yourself and take some time to understand what you like, what your strengths are and what you excel in. From there, just talk about it!

The BRIC pool

Any tips for actual day-of preparation for students?
The Job Fair is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and students may come at any time, but I would advise students to come earlier rather than later because those doors will be closing at 6 p.m. sharp. If you walk up at 6 p.m., you won’t be coming in, so I would get there earlier in the day. Remember to dress appropriately for the position. Suit? Probably not, but there will be hundreds of people competing for the same slot, so put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes. If you have two people who are equally qualified for the job, but one looks like a slob and the other doesn’t, that tells the interviewer that this person took the time to put their best foot forward. It’s not a matter of who has nicer clothes, but just about who cared more. I would also remind students that the Career Center has a Clothes Closet for appropriate attire, so don’t spend all your money buying one outfit; the Career Center’s clothes are completely free and you get to keep it!

With the first BRIC Job Fair only two days away, it’s important to be prepared, Broncos! On top of Dye’s tips, check out these articles on what to remember and what to avoid!

Best of luck, Broncos!

For more information on the new BRIC and its job fairs, visit the ASI Human Resources page, call (909) 869-3546 or stop by our office located in the Bronco Student Center (Bldg. 35-2325).

To find out more about the Career Center’s services, visit the CPP Career Center page, call (909) 869-2342, email career@csupomona.edu or visit the Career Center located in Bldg. 97-100.