'Employability' theme of Bryant & Stratton event

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM EDT

By Dan Miner, Reporter- Business First

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'Employability' theme of Bryant & Stratton event

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM EDT

When people apply for local positions at Bryant & Stratton College, they're often asked, "What do you know about the college?"

About 60 percent get the question wrong.

Lack of that basic skill - the ability to describe the business to which you're applying - is one reason why Bryant & Stratton is holding its inaugural "Employability Week," from July 15 to 19, with a series of events aimed at students, jobs seekers and local business owners. The focus will be on finding success in today's job market.

"We wanted the college to open up and use our expertise to train people on career readiness," said Paul Bahr, director of Bryant & Stratton's Western New York campuses, which include Amherst, Buffalo and Orchard Park. "We'll work on getting their resumes in professional order, learning how to network and interview properly, cleaning up their Internet presence."

A career fair, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the Buffalo campus, 465 Main St., will feature from 40 to 50 employers.

And the week's culminating event, a "Job Ready or Not?" Employability Summit, will include a panel discussion to be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 19, at the Southtowns campus, 200 Redtail, Orchard Park. The summit is free and will include talent and human resources experts from CareerBuilder, Enterprise, Humana, Marriott and Microsoft, who will discuss how employees function in the workforce and with their potential employers.

More information about the summit can be found here.

Events will also be taking place earlier in the week, including private portfolio development, which will take place all day at all three campuses on Tuesday, July 16, and employability clinics on Wednesday, July 17, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all three campuses, with coaching sessions scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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