A series of workshops is planned March 26-28 to prepare students for Jobapalooza.

USF Sarasota-Manatee ‘Jobapalooza’ career fair set March 29

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: March 26, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 20, 2018)USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Bulls in Biz is known for inviting local employers to campus to connect with students. Now there’s a new networking event that capitalizes on Bulls in Biz.

Say hello to “Jobapalooza.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee ‘Jobapalooza’ job fair set March 29

Lauren Kurnov

“Building on the success of our fall Bulls in Biz networking event, USFSM is now pleased to host a Spring Career Week that will culminate in Jobapalooza, our first spring career fair open to all majors,” said Lauren Kurnov, assistant vice president for student success.

Jobapalooza – scheduled March 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Selby Auditorium at USFSM – will offer students gearing up for summer internships and graduation an opportunity to meet with local employers in person. Essentially, what Bulls in Biz offered USFSM students in the fall, Jobapalooza brings in the spring.

Bulls in Biz has been a stunning success since its debut in fall 2011. Starting with 15 employers, the event has more than doubled in size with employers and students asking that a similar event be added to the spring calendar.

Jobapalooza becomes that spring event, but with a twist. In the days leading up to the networking fair, Career Services advisors will offer a series of career-assistance workshops to prepare students for Jobapalooza. At the workshops, students will learn to create LinkedIn pages, get their LinkedIn photos taken, hear networking advice and receive helpful tips on researching potential employers.

The workshops are set for March 26-28 with the highlight scheduled on March 27. On that day, two days before Jobapalooza, Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, Beach House and the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, will meet with students in a special workshop to offer his unique career insights. That event runs from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in room A221.

USF Sarasota-Manatee ‘Jobapalooza’ job fair set March 29

Toni Ripo

Toni Ripo, career services coordinator, said that if all goes well, the new workshop series will precede the Bulls in Biz career event in the fall as well. The workshops’ intent, she said, is help students become “networking savvy” so they’re able to impress employers.

“We’re hoping to do this each semester,” Ripo said. “Even though the economy is good and jobs are out there, the best way to find jobs is through your network.”

So far, more than two dozen employers are confirmed for Jobapalooza with more expected.

However, that won’t be only networking event scheduled for March 29.

Just as Jobapalooza is gearing up, the Criminology Club will roll out its own special jobs event: the seventh annual Criminology Expo. Twenty-five non-profit organizations and local, state and federal agencies are expected on campus to meet with students about jobs and internship opportunities.

Students from all majors are urged to attend. Even though the expo is geared toward criminology students, Dr. Jessica Grosholz, advisor to the Criminology Club, said the agencies usually come seeking a variety of applicants.

Dr. Jessica Grosholz

“It really just depends on what they’re looking for,” she said. “The expo is open to all students. The agencies and non-profits are hoping to meet students from all different backgrounds.”

The expo will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The Jobapalooza is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Both events will occur at the Selby Auditorium.

For more information about Jobapalooza and the workshop series, visit http://sar.usfsm.edu/event/jobapalooza-week/.

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