Among the 84 participants were representatives from 30 area companies who met with participants of the Career Achievement Program (CAP) hosted by the FPU Career Services Center. CAP is a series of workshops and other events, including mock interviews, designed to prepare juniors and seniors to search for professional employment. They learn about how to prepare a resume, dress professionally, speak with employers, project confidence and promote their strengths.

This was the third annual luncheon, and reaction from businesses has been positive. "We have employers who are participating each year and want to continue. Students are excited because they are being prepared for an actual job search," said Career Services Center Director Alicia Andrade. The kind of networking students do during the lunch is the number one method of getting a job in today's market, she added.

Some students have received employment and internships through the luncheon, said Peter Wasemiller, J.D., assistant professor of business. "Employers enjoy coming because they truly do take seriously the idea that there is great potential for quality new employees in the room," he said. "It is a great way to show off who our students are."

The Career Services Center is open to FPU alumni as well as students. See more at fresno.edu/careerservices