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 2017's Southwestern Spring Hiring Forum  

This Spring's Hiring Forum at Southwestern brought 17 local employers together with over 50 Southwestern students to discuss the real brass tacks in finding and landing a professional job. The afternoon started with an icebreaker pitting student teams of three against each other in a contest to correctly guess the most common employer responses from our annual survey. 

That was followed by panel discussions and an opportunity for all interested to partake of mock interviews with employers in their target industry -- two activities that can direct, even redefine, one's career arc. And of course, the afternoon wasn't complete without a student-employer mixer and prize give-away made possible by generous donations from Bandon Dunes, Edward Jones Financial Services, Bay Area Hospital, and other local employers.

Take a look at some of our materials that came out of this incredibly informative afternoon:


What happened at last year's forum?

2016 Hiring Forum Collage

Spring 2016, in Empire Hall, Southwestern hosted an inspiring cast of employers and students. 

Approximately 80 students and 37 employers from four target industries gathered in Empire Hall to for an afternoon of highly interactive, personal exchanges designed to help students orient themselves for the work force:

  • Local Employer Survey about searching for employees, reading resumes and interviewing
  • Panel discussions about industry specific considerations
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Forestry & Natural Resources
    • Healthcare
    • Banking, Business, and Hospitality
  • Mock Interviews with panel employers
  • Networking and prize giveaways capped off the afternoon!


hiring forum employers spring 2016 

Watch video from our 2013 forum!

Students, employers and staff create real interviewing scenarios, then brainstorm about improvements or additions. 

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