Reverse Job Fair
The Reverse Job Fair (RJF) is an LISD TECH Center event held every spring that introduces soon-to-be graduating students in manufacturing, construction, automotive, or IT career pathways to local and regional employers looking for talent. Participating students are currently enrolled in one of 7 LISD TECH Center programs, including:
- Computer Information Services
- Machining & Computer Aided Manufacturing
- Welding Technology
- Automotive Services Technology
- Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing
- Residential Construction
- Engineering, Design, & CAD
What is a Reverse Job Fair?
At most job fairs, employers set up booths and prospective employees look to find which companies offer the best jobs. At the Reverse Job Fair, LISD TECH Center students will be seated at a table with resumes, info cards, and work samples in front of them, while prospective employers look to find who offers the most for their company. If requested, students also have the opportunity to take employers back to their lab or classroom to discuss and demonstrate the processes they went through to produce the weld, part, design, drawing, or other work sample.
What Types of Students Participate?
Many of the participating students are seniors, just a few weeks from graduation. Some are seeking immediate employment, while others are entering college in the fall but are looking for work experience through summer employment. Participating juniors are eager to find summer employment, internships, and co-ops.
5th Annual Reverse Job Fair
2018 was the biggest year yet for the RJF, with around 100 students participating and 51 people representing 37 employers making the rounds to meet and interact with students. Many employers commented on how prepared and professional the students were in their presentation and conversations.