Unique event helps college students connect with jobs

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NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Finding a job or internship can prove difficult for students but the College of Southern Nevada relies on a unique networking event that helps students find potential employers.

Isaac Provencio takes a seat. He has five minutes to sell himself as a potential employee to a prospective employer. The CSN student works at Sonic but wants a better job opportunity in cyber security.

“Battling the hackers, trying to get them down and plus my mom was also in cyber security, so I want to be like her,” Provencio said.

He answers questions quickly before meeting with another employer during the schools’ annual speed networking event at the North Las Vegas Cheyenne campus. 

“It’s like speed dating only it’s connecting employers and technically trained students in special areas like information technology, networking, cyber security, engineering tech and electronics,” said Dr. Michael Spangler, dean, school of Advanced and Applied Technologies, CSN.

This is the 6th year CSN has hosted this type of event where students must sell themselves to potential future employers in five minutes or less.

“It’s helping me do my elevator pitch. Trying to tell myself in like a few seconds,” Provencio said.

This day originally focused on helping students improve their interview skills but evolved to some employers finding potential interns and employees.

 “We’ve recruited from them in the past,” said Dennis Moriarity, director of information technology, NLV.

The city of North Las Vegas seeks people confident with technology in a growing digital era.

“So that we can easily transition because based on the older generation that are used to their ways, we need a newer perspective on how things can be achieved through it,” Moriarity said.

The employers also offer feedback at the end.

“I’ve got to fix my resume a little bit,” Provencio said. “They say it looks good but I think I can add who I really am instead of academic.”

Advice to help Provencio and others eventually land the dream job.

Some of the other employers included Starbucks, McCarran International Airport and KLA Laboratories.

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