Students Meet Employers at Building Careers Job Fair
More than a third of the record 1,800 NAHB Student Chapter members at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Fla. last month attended the Building Careers Job Fair, where they met with company representatives to discuss career opportunities and interview for internships and jobs.
Twenty-two of the nation’s most prominent home builders — including NAHB Student Chapters corporate partners Beazer Homes, Centex Homes, KB Home, Pulte Homes and Toll Brothers — hosted booths in the Job Fair’s 25,000 square feet of exhibit space.
“The entire IBS experience is a little overwhelming, but I came prepared and the job fair was great,” said Purdue University student Jenna Stickley. “Seeing the different companies helped me understand the possibilities that are out there for me in the building industry.”
“My entire trip to IBS has been a wonderful experience; I felt like I was at the Grammys or something,” said Anthony Carter from Dunwoody College of Technology. “Coming to the show for the first time, I had no idea what to expect, but seeing what these companies have to offer keeps me feeling optimistic about finding a job.”
Among participating job fair companies eager to identify talented young NAHB members to fill their workforce needs, Toll Brothers, Inc. collected approximately 100 student resumes. The big builder, which hired job fair students in years past, has scheduled interviews with 10 prospective employees in the near future.
“The Job Fair was very well-run and professional. The students are great and Toll Brothers gets a lot out of it each year,” said Denise Pierantozzi, the company’s recruiter and head of college relations. “We look forward to returning again in 2007.”
Melissa Prouty, from South Dakota State University was impressed by how engaged builders were in all of the Student Chapters events at the Builders’ Show. “I felt like these companies really took an interest in us; they came to our team competitions and we had a chance to talk to them. At the job fair, introductions were already out of the way and it was easy to just have a comfortable conversation.”
“The Job Fair was just a great opportunity for my career and my future,” said John Rappoport from East Carolina University.
For more information on NAHB Student Chapters and the Building Careers Job Fair, e-mail Page Browning at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8918.