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[UPDATE] Nearly 50 Businesses & Agencies Expected At Ark-La-Tex College Career Fair

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[UPDATE] A lot of area businesses, agencies and graduate programs are onboard for this Saturday’s Ark-La-Tex College Career Fair.

Here’s the list, with links to the businesses’ websites, if you want to check them out in advance:

Texas Tech Health Sciences Center           Enterprise Rent A Car

Pizza Hut/Yum! Brands                               Louisiana Legislative Auditor

East Texas Baptist University                     The Hertz Corporation

Republic Finance                                         Bossier Sheriff’s Office

Shreveport Veterans Center                        Irving Police Department

LSUHSC-S School of Graduate Studies     Texas A&M University – Texarkana

US Army Healthcare                                    U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Bossier City Police Department                  Vector Marketing

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories                            Lifetime Wellness

University of North Texas-Graduate Studies

Department of Veteran Affairs                    Dallas ISD Alternative Certification

Louisiana Tech University College of Business

Southern University Law Center                Crest Industries

University of South Alabama-Basic Medical Sciences Graduate Program

Circle K Stores Inc                                     Dallas Police Department

Texarkana, Texas Police Department       Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Grambling State University                        Software & Services, LLC

UALR William H. Bowen School of Law    User Friendly Media

Heritage Properties, Inc.                            Tower Loan

Federal Correctional Complex                  The Princeton Review

Suddenlink Communications                    Bossier Parish Community College

Louisiana Air National Guard                    US Navy Officer Programs

Fort Worth Police Department                 Technologix Group LLC

Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino                Cassius Burrell State Farm Agency

Louisiana National Guard

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department-Law Enforcement Division

Arkansas Department of Human Services

[ORIGINAL STORY]  Area colleges and universities gather with area employers this weekend — for the 5th annual ARK-LA-TEX College Career Fair. It’s open to all college students and alumni from any accredited higher education institution in the United States. Over the past four years, the fair has drawn an average of 500 students and alumni interested in full- and part-time jobs, volunteer opportunities, internships and graduate school programs.

Participating schools are Bossier parish Community College, Centenary College, Grambling State University, Kilgore College, LeTourneau University (in Longview, TX), Louisiana Tech, Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Northwestern State University (in Natchitoches), Southern University-Shreveport, and University of Texas-Tyler.

BPCC’s Kathy Busch says there are a couple of requirements if you want to go. First, you’ll need to be dressed to impress. “We do kind of play Fashion Police at the door. We want that professional workforce,” she says. “We discourage blue jeans and flip-flops and shorts. We’ve turned all of those away. We’ve turned away bib overalls…we’ve turned away some pretty crazy stuff. High, high heels and purple hair…it’s just not professional-looking.”

Second, you need to bring a resume with you. But…what if you don’t have a lot of job experience? “You can fill up a resume with volunteer opportunities, school activities, that’s always a good one,” Busch says. “Even classes that they’re in, they could create a resume and talk about the relevant classes or a student project that they’ve done. That would help them there.”

The Career Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bossier Civic Center.

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