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MC Career Services Office Hosts Part-Time Job Fair

September 8, 2009

Mississippi College students met with area employers to discuss part-time jobs as bank tellers, restaurant workers, and office assistants.

The MC Office of Career Services sponsored the annual Part-time Job Fair. The event brought employers like Newk's Express Cafe, Regions Bank, the Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi and McAlister's Deli to the Clinton campus.

"This (job fair) one was really good," said Melissa Redd, general manager at the Newk's in Clinton. The restaurant already employs two MC students now and hopes to add to those numbers. The event will help attract more student workers, she said.

At tables near the MC cafeteria, employers handed out job applications, pens, pencils, company literature and small pieces of candy.

Employers from ten Jackson area companies chatted with students and encouraged them to consider jobs that will put money in their wallets to pay some of their college bills.

"We had a great turnout," said Hayley Taff, assistant director of Career Services as students chatted with employers.

MC sophomore class president Taylor Stringer of Tylertown said students found the Sept. 2 event to be useful as they size up job possibilities. "It was nice to see all the local employers were out to offer opportunities to students," said the business major after stopping by one of the tables.

Other employers in attendance included BankPlus, Country Club of Jackson, Curves Fitness Center, Keltman Pharmaceuticals, Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, and Toula's Cafe in Clinton.

Classes began for MC's fall semester on August 26. But it's never too early for MC students to seriously begin thinking about career options.

The MC Office of Career Services is the headquarters for College Central, an online job database for students and alumni. Students and MC graduates can search for jobs and submit resumes 24/7 by going to www.collegecentral.com/mc. The office also posts job openings on a bulletin board outside its office at 314C Nelson Hall.

There's no time to rest for Taff or Karen Lindsey-Lloyd, the director of career services and retention. The MC staffers are busy gearing up for MC's Career Day 2010. Career Day brings scores of Mississippi employers to the MC campus to meet with hundreds of job-seeking students. They include representatives from school districts, state and federal agencies, accounting firms, banks and other employers.

Last year's event featured a fashion show that encouraged students to dress for success, a resume writing clinic and plenty of interviews on the spot. MC's Career Day 2010 is set for Feb. 9 at the B.C. Rogers Student Center. For more information, call Taff at 601-925-7717 or taff@mc.edu or Lindsey-Lloyd at Lloyd@mc.edu or 601 925-3901.

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