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by Melissa Lishman

The fair gives on-campus facilities and off-campus vendors the opportunity to promote part-time job openings for HPU students.

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 children’s self-confidence.”

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 around.”

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 today.”
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 success.”

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.
 

 

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