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NMSU hosts Public Service Career Showcase

A Public Service Career Showcase will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in New Mexico State University's Corbett Center Ballrooms on Wednesday, Nov. 15, to help college students, alumni and qualified members of the community find internships, co-ops and full-time employment with federal, state and municipal government agencies.

The showcase will be held in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the New Mexico Consortium of Career Educators and Employers. It is open to students at all levels of education and to all majors.

Steve Salway, director of NMSU's Placement and Career Services, said NMSU is one of only four universities in the nation chosen by the OPM to host the event, and so in order to make the showcase a more regional event, invitations are extended to students from two-year and four-year, post-secondary institutions throughout the region, as well as local community members.

"We are trying to do our part to encourage all students and community members to consider a career in public service," said George Barton, the associate director of NMSU's Placement and Career Services. "There will be tremendous opportunities in this employment sector, given the impending retirement of many in the Baby Boomer generation."

With about 60 registered agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Mexico State Personnel Office, the showcase will offer jobs in all career fields.

Barton said an advantage to taking cooperative education experience with the federal government over an independent employer is that the former will almost certainly lead to full-time employment after graduation.

Participants of the career showcase should prepare several copies of their resumes, dress professionally and expect to interact and discuss employment opportunities with government and nonprofit agencies. Additionally, it is recommended participants complete their profiles and search job listings beforehand on the OPM's Web site at www.usajobs.opm.gov.

There will be two free workshops during the event: "Navigating the Federal Job Application Process" and "Jobs and Internships in the Federal Government."

Salway said this is the fifth time the Public Service Career Showcase has been held at NMSU since 2002, but this year is the first time it's been co-sponsored by the OPM.

For more information on the career showcase, call NMSU's Placement and Career Services at (505) 646-4711.

Nov. 10, 2006
Bryant Million