The latest student-oriented initiative from Career Development was last week’s Industry Hiring Event – a new spin on the traditional job fair. About a hundred recent grads and current students from several degree programs headed to the Entertainment Business Auditorium on Thursday evening for the event, where they heard presentations from employers and lined up to meet with them for “on-the-spot” job interviews.
In attendance were representatives from The Disney Group (TDG)’s Entertainment division and Red Orange Productions. TDG Entertainment is a consultancy firm that provides funding and audio, video, graphic, and business solutions to various entertainment companies. Red Orange Productions is looking for PAs to work on “La Voz Kids,” Telemundo’s version of the popular American reality competition “The Voice,” which is filming right here in Orlando. Each grad and student had a few minutes to sit and chat with each employer; recent graduates were given priority in the line, followed by those who were closest to graduating, as most employers were looking to hire ASAP.
“I interviewed with both companies, and both went extremely well,” says Kasey Day, a 2013 Film graduate. “You only have about five minutes to make an impression in the midst of 100 other candidates, so make sure you show up dress to impress, have a professional resume printed and ready, and practice interview questions before you attend.”
Along with in-person interviews, Career Development reps had another table set up to help students submit resumes for various other jobs and internships currently available across the country. According to Career Development Advisor Jamey Hopper, the department hopes to continue events similar to this one in 2014.