900 students take part in educational job training


How do you get a job? What should you not do?

Professionals from 90 companies, businesses and organizations answered those questions for some 900 students at the Elkhart Area Career Center.

Career center students learned more about the many things employers look at when hiring.

The panels were moderated by different businesses, companies and organizations, as well as, public safety, law enforcement and the military.

The focus--things to consider when applying for a job. A good first impression is important.

Jay Riblet is with D&W Incorporated. They make and distribute mirror glass to the RV industry.

“The biggest thing right now is the punctuality, is people showing up, obviously you know we all have our attendance polices, we have our dress code, we have everything and all the other intangibles,” said Riblet.

Mark Dobson is with the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart county. He works to bring new companies to the area and has talked to a lot firms.

“There's still some foundational things that employers will always look for-- the punctuality, being a part of a team, being drug free, contributing to the team with critical thinking skills,” said Dobson.

Whether it’s going on to college or directly into the workforce, students got good advice on what they need to know when applying for a job and what to do after they land one.

“It was nice to hear about how it is important to give your best when it comes to your career and to put forth effort, and to really bring your 'A' game and to work hard,” said student, Brooklynn Betts.

“One of the things I thought about was appearance, appearance was really a thing because I want to get a tattoo one day and I kind of have to think about where I should get it. How it should look,” said Tyreke King.

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