More than 100 eager West Coast University-Los Angeles graduates filled the campus lobby to speak with employers, including 15 major hospitals, at a recent career fair.
New Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates with their Registerd Nursing (RN) licenses were invited to a special VIP hour, allowing them to meet one-on-one and turn in applications and resumes to more than 30 employers.
"Three things that students and graduates should know before coming to the job fair is: have a revised, polished resume, dress professionally and be very professional and respectful with employers," Arpine Zohrabyan, WCU-Los Angeles Career Services director, said.
Andree Mulia, a senior talent acquisition recruiter with Children's Hospital-Los Angeles, said recruiters go through hundreds of resumes a day and applicants need to find a way to stand out — in a good way.
"A lot of them are brand new nurses, so I don't want to see two or three pages — just one page — and be clear and concise so then that way, when the manager looks at it, they could know who you are," Mulia said.
Recent WCU-LA graduate and registered nurse Tatum Hansen said she came to the event looking for information about job opportunities and new grad programs. Hansen had gotten help with her resume before the job fair from Career Services, but was also planning on scheduling some mock interviews with them to help practice for her job search.
"I love ER, ICU, and pediatrics so I'm kind of open to a few things," Hansen said. "I appreciate West Coast putting this on. It's good experience so far."
Zohrabyan wanted attendees to know that Career Services is there to provide positive support for all WCU students and gradates, regardless of their job status.
"We are here to guide them through their job and career process, so utilize our services as much as you can," she said.