Mason Offers Students a Jump Start on Jobs with On- and Off-Campus Openings

Posted: August 26, 2014 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: August 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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By Sudha Kamath

George Mason University is pledging to produce 100,000 career-ready graduates in the next decade, and the university isn’t waiting to find its students jobs, on or off campus.

Mason will host its first job fair of the new school year on Aug. 28.

Mason will host its first job fair of the new school year on Aug. 28.

Lesley Perez, assistant director of employer development in the Division of University Life’s University Career Services, says George Mason is helping students get a jump start on their job search with free workshops and a Part-Time Job Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28.

From 9 a.m. to noon at University Career Services in SUB I, Room 3400, federal employers will offer key advice on writing federal resumes, finding and applying for federal jobs or internships, and learning more about security clearances.

A general career track also is offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 28. Bring your laptop to the free workshops presented by major employers focusing on salaries, job forecasts and functions, career paths, work environments, web resources, résumé and cover letter writing, career social media sites and HireMason, behavioral interviewing, networking and professionalism.

Almost two dozen on- and off-campus employers will take part in the Part-Time Job Fair on the Fairfax Campus.

Almost two dozen on- and off-campus employers will take part in the
Part-Time Job Fair on the Fairfax Campus.

Rachael E. Conn of Sherwin-Williams will co-present a “Finding Your Fit” workshop at 9 a.m.

She says the company was built on seven values: people, service, quality, performance, innovation and growth. “Recognizing that our people are our greatest asset, these guiding values drive our culture and business every day. The same values that describe the Sherwin-Williams brand are used to describe the quality of education and student that can be found at the core of every Mason Patriot,” says the recruitment specialist for Sherwin-Williams in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., markets.

Sherwin-Williams also will be one of up to two dozen employers participating in the Part-Time Job Fair on the South Plaza (rain location: Dewberry Hall lobby in the Johnson Center) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 28.

Mason’s Jump Start workshops will prepare students to find just about any job. Photo by Alexis Glenn.

Mason’s Jump Start workshops will prepare students to find just about any job.
Photo by Alexis Glenn.

“Come prepared with a résumé and dressed in business casual attire,” advises Quayla Allen, University Career Services employer relations coordinator. “Some students may be hired on the spot! By inviting on- and off-campus employers in the Fairfax community, we are creating even more opportunities for networking and the professional development of our students.”

Some other major employers include the National Air and Space Museum, Princeton Review and Alamo.

Write to Sudha Kamath at skamath@gmu.edu

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