Job fair holds key to success

Published 6:16 am Saturday, April 15, 2006

By By ANDY HAMILTON / Niles Daily Star
NILES – A chance to test the waters of the real world will soon be available Niles High School.
Marketing education teacher and DECA advisor for the high school Celeste Anthony said a student job fair is scheduled for Friday, April 28 in the Niles High School cafeteria.
DECA is an international marketing education organization that provides students with scholarship opportunities in marketing and entrepreneurship competitions.
Anthony said she is sending out 600 letters to a variety of Michiana employers in hopes of attracting at least 100 businesses to the Marketing Education DECA Job Fair that will be open to all Niles students.
"It's more a meet and great type of situation. There's not really enough time to interview," Anthony said. "We hope to attract a number of different industries to give students a number of different selections."
The goal is to have a wide range of businesses available, meaning anywhere from entry level restaurant or fast food jobs to positions at doctor and dentist offices and mortgage and title companies.
A resume building workshop may also be offered to the students Monday, April 24 to prepare for the job fair, Anthony said.
"Part of this process that is benefiting them is helping to get their resumes in order," Anthony said. "It helps students not only meet with employers but to prepare a resume."
The job fair may also prove to be of assistance to the employers as well.
"By allowing the employers to come to the high school it makes it easier for them to find interviews," Anthony said. "We've got kids here willing to work."
The job fair will be held at both lunch periods and also during seminar period, which Anthony said is held every Friday for students to meet with teachers for make-up assignments and general help with classes.
Anthony said the letters are going out this week and will each contain a registration form that employers can send back with the necessary information. Anthony said businesses are also welcome to contact her at the high school at 683-2894 ext. 343, or by e-mail at