Part-time job fair connects local employers, students

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer

Eastern New Mexico University students had a chance Tuesday to apply for part-time jobs with local employers.

The part-time job fair started last fall.

“We try to bring employers together so students don’t have to go from business to business,” said Susan Larsen, director of counseling and career services at ENMU. Employers also can advertise jobs on ENMU’s Web site.

Representatives from employers attended the job fair.

Students looking for work appreciated the opportunity to apply for several jobs in one location.

Sara Cisneros, a freshman from Muleshoe, said she’s looking for a job because she needs money.

“Right now, there’s not many choices,” she said. “This really helps since it’s on campus.”

Suzanne Zamora, personnel manager with Sunland Peanuts, said the company employs several students. All jobs offered at the job fair are entry level, and the company works around students’ schedules. Some students end up working full-time at Sunland, she said.

Joe Martinez, quality assurance supervisor with Southwest Canners, said Tuesday was the first time the company had come to the job fair. Several students were interested in employment.

“I feel this is a good place to be,” he said. “This is a good stepping stone to a career.”

Shelley Johnson, recruitment coordinator for the city of Portales, said students are particularly needed in the Park and Recreation Department to help with youth sports.

Artie Ruiz, a freshman, said he’d like to work with the city’s recreation program to “have fun and make sure kids are enjoying the game, not just being pushed around.”

Thomas Austin, a freshman from Ruidoso, was interested in applying for a referee position.

“This is working well for us,” said Johnson. “This helps us a lot.”