|The fair gives on-campus facilities and off-campus
vendors the opportunity to promote part-time job openings for
Federal work-study booths lined the walls of the first floor
of the building. These jobs are aimed at students who were in
the federal work-study program. However, depending on the number
of applicants, opportunities do arise for those not in the program.
The Registrar’s Office was looking for an office assistant
and various elementary schools were looking for tutors. Rizel
Eimmo, a federal work- study student, considered those jobs appealing. “I
can go straight from class to work, that’s why I stayed
so long,” she said.
Lincoln Elementary Schools’ Vista Coordinator, Dori Kim,
hired many HPU students at the fair, and has had great results.
Kim said, “Kids love working with college students. It’s
not all about reading, but the experience also helps build the
Several students roamed the halls in search of work- study jobs
because of flexibility and location. Pradesh Prasad, a transfer
student from Malaysia, had to deal with restrictions of employment
for international students. “This is the only thing I can
do to earn money here legally,” said Prasad. “They
don’t get paid much, but I don’t want to be lounging
Unlike many others in search of job opportunities, Dova Rabusa,
a freshman at HPU, showed up just to see how an HPU event runs.
Rabusa said, “Looking for a job is not my top priority
Off-campus vendors filled the air with a lot of energy, edge,
and excitement on the second floor. Not only do these off-campus
vendors compete for employment prospects, but they use the fair
as an outlet for promoting their companies.
Foodland & Sack n Save’s recruiter Kimmie Wagner said, “We
are not meeting a lot of the students’ needs. A lot of
students are looking for career-oriented jobs, we’re just
trying to get our name out there.”
It was Abercrombie and Fitch’s second year participating,
and recruiters Justin Ross and Dustin Doshier said they were
more prepared this year. “This year has been a little bit
more promising,” said Ross.
Doshier said, “No matter how much you promote your company, you still have
to get them into the store to apply.”
Starbucks saw the environment as more beneficial. Brian Hugh, manager of Financial
Plaza Starbucks, hired two students on the spot. “Being at the job-fair
setting, doing interviews on the spot were a positive,” he said.
Plenty of recruiters were at the YMCA booth. Chad Hiu, YMCA’s assistant
program director of the Nu‘uanu Branch, said, “We’re looking
for people that have a passion to make a difference.”
Recruiter Joshua Cadelinia was impressed by how many students came well prepared
and hired five people right away. Cadelinia said, “It was a pretty good
Part-time HPU student Melissa Poon attended the job fair for the first time,
but wished she had known about it last year. “I would’ve been working
right now instead of looking for a job,” she said.