Area students learn how to ‘get hired’ at expo

Dressed for success, area students were given the opportunity to hone their interview skills at the “Get Hired Expo” staged at the Anoka-Hennepin District 11’s Pathways program.

Kao Zoua Khang (left) talks with Jean Peterson of the Minneapolis Business College. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Kao Zoua Khang (left) talks with Jean Peterson of the Minneapolis Business College. Photo by Kelly Johnson

The event, held April 25 in the Coon Rapids Family Place Mall, brought students and employers together for an interactive experience designed to give students experience interviewing for jobs and other tips for a successful job hunt.

This is the first time such a program has been offered, according to Paula Holden, vocational coordinator at Pathways.

Students from Pathways, Transitions Plus, Crossroads West and District 11’s four high schools were invited to participate in the expo. Some 120 students took part.

Volunteers from local businesses agreed to meet with students, review resumes and conduct mock interviews. They also answered students’ questions about their industry and job opportunities.

“The goal is to give students practice presenting themselves to employers,” Holden said.

“It’s good,” Kao Zoua Khang, a Pathways student, said about the expo. “I was excited to come.”

Prior to the expo, students worked on the resumes and learned interview strategies.

“I think this piece is invaluable,” Holden said.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com

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