BUCKHANNON – Fred Eberle Technical Center and local trades companies joined forces Friday to showcase career opportunities for students within the state of West Virginia.
Professionals in healthcare, automotive, carpentry, electrical, cosmetology, welding, HVAC and other trades industries offered their advice, knowledge and experience to the juniors and seniors at FETC on Friday. Likewise, these trades professionals could gain an initial networking opportunity with future employees.
Students and their instructors, alike, listened with perked ears while speaking with each business to learn more about career readiness strategies, local job opportunities, the application process and professional interview skills. Business cards were handed to students and faculty interested in making a connection with a potential industry professional for future collaboration efforts.
Angela Heavner, recruiter at WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital and participant at the career fair, offered an abundance of advice to students looking for a career in their respective industry of choice.
“It’s a market for the employee, because there are so many jobs out there available for them,” Heavner said. “[The students] need to realize that they are also interviewing the employers so don’t be afraid to ask questions.”
Heavner continued by saying the interview process can be a daunting first step as one is in search of their first career position, but suggests that students continue making phone calls, going to interviews and making connections with individuals in their respective profession.
Inventory professionals who joined Fred Eberle in this Career Fair:
- Toothman Ford
- Performance Chevrolet
- Buckhannon Toyota
- Bear Contracting, LLC
- TKS Contracting
- WV Carpenters
- Spotloe Construction
- WV Department of Transportation
- Applied Construction Services
- AHF Products
- Salon Meraki
- Middletown Tractor
- IBEW Local 596
- Shane Smith
- Powell, Inc.
- Freedom Ag & Energy
- Community Care of WV
- Crestview Manor
- WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital
- RDR Utility Services
- WV Department of Highways
Know a local business who can benefit from a collaboration with FETC? Contact their main office by phone at 304-472-1259.
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