One of the oldest and largest community college job fairs in the county continues its successful run with the 40th Annual Career Expo at Grossmont College set for Wednesday, Oct. 10. It is free and open to the public.
Several college programs will also be represented to make the event both a job fair and an opportunity to explore careers.
“This long tradition has continued because of Grossmont College’s commitment to providing our students and the community with ever-expanding opportunities to explore the widest range of career options,” said President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh.
Some employers will interview on the spot, so applicants are encouraged to dress professionally and to bring copies of their resumes.
Sycuan Casino announced this week that it is hiring for more than 700 new positions for its hotel and resort expansion, with a variety of jobs in the food and beverage, hotel and casino divisions. The Grossmont College Career Expo is one of the job fairs where Sycuan’s hiring managers will interview and hire on site. The college will partner with Sycuan in future hiring events as the casino ramps up recruiting efforts.
Viejas Casino and Resort will also be at the expo.
Public school districts such as Cajon Valley Union, Grossmont Union High School and Lemon Grove School District, as well as private institutions like Altus Schools and the Higher Learning Academy, will be represented. The San Diego Job Corps Center, which provides academic and career skills training for young adults, is also looking for teachers, counselors and admissions staff. Not-for-profit organizations like the Arc of San Diego, Easterseals and the Home of Guiding Hands that provide programs and services for people with disabilities will also be at the expo.
Law enforcement is also well represented with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and police departments for the cities of Chula Vista, El Cajon, San Diego, National City and Oceanside to attend, as well as private security companies, Allied Universal and United Security Services. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also attend.
Financial management services, preschools and healthcare providers have signed up, and representing the military will be the U.S. Army and the California Air National Guard.
To help job-seekers make the most of the career expo, the career center located in Building 60, Room 140, will offer several workshops on soft skills during the week of Oct. 8. Call (619) 644-7615 for details. Tips are also available online to benefit most from the job fair experience.
“We want students to be better prepared and confident while navigating the expo,” said Renee Nasori, Student Development Services supervisor and the college’s Career Center coordinator. “The single most important piece of advice I would give job-seekers is to work on their elevator pitch. When there are many candidates interested in the same position, it’s important to make a quick and lasting impression.”
Nasori said the event’s primary goal is to link students and community members to job and career opportunities, but it is also a networking opportunity for college administrators and faculty to stay current on workforce needs, as well as internship and community service learning opportunities for students.
Thanks to the event’s many sponsors -- Grossmont College, Career and Technical Education division; Public Consulting Group (PCG); Viejas Casino and Resort; Sharp Healthcare; WHPacific; LAZ Parking; Point Loma Credit Union, and Childcare Careers – event organizers increased marketing and added student giveaways, including a Parrot Mambo Minidrone, as a drawing prize.
Employers interested in participating can register online. Registration fees are being waived and a free lunch and giveaways will be provided as a way to thank employers and sponsors. Employers are encouraged to post positions they are seeking to fill on the College Central Network job portal
Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.