Jobs for Jags: The HIRE-A-JAG Career Fair

By: Hayden Cordova | Lifestyle Editor

For many students, landing a stable career after finishing college is more difficult than some would think.  Finding the right networking channels to meet with employers and establish a strong first impression can be daunting. On Thursday, Sept. 12, South provided an easy opportunity for students of all majors to do just that: the HIREAJAG Career Fair.

Held in the Mitchell Center and coordinated by Career Services at South, the career fair hosted representatives of several high-profile companies and allowed students and alumni to network and discuss full-time, co-op, and internship positions, according to the USA Website.

Bevley W. Green, the director of Career Services at South, elaborated on a few of the employers present at the event.

“We have a smattering of everything here.  Social services such as Penelope House, high profile businesses such as Sherwin-Williams and Airbus, and even some government agencies like the Mobile County Sheriff Department and even the FBI,” said Green.

Most of these companies have been present at past career fairs, but some were new to the event, such as Dumas Wesley Community Center, a non-profit community outreach organization for homeless families with a history of 116 years in the Mobile area.

“We usually recruit through Career Services or on Handshake,” said Joni Hendee, the Marketing and Public Relations Director at Dumas Wesley.  “But this year we thought that the HIREAJAG Career Fair would be a great opportunity to meet the students and have them learn a little about Dumas Wesley and get them interested in interning with us.  I’ve met a lot of great students today with several potential applicants, and we’re quite pleased. We just love South, and we can’t say enough good things about it and its students.”

The Mitchell Center hall was brimming with plenty of students and employers down the long strip of company booths that snaked around the interior.

“There are close to 80 employers today,” said Green, “and we’ve seen a steady increase in that number over the years.  We’re really looking forward to increasing student and employer participation in the future.”

With another successful turnout for HIREAJAG rounding out the day, Green shared her personal drive for helping put on the career fair since 2006.