STEM career fair pairs students, companies looking to hire

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Companies in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are working to fill jobs in the Charleston area and a STEM-based career fair on Wednesday helped connect companies and students.

      More than two dozen companies will filter through almost 300 different candidates in a search to hire for 100 open jobs.

      "We wanted to provide quality jobs and what I mean by that is, you don't have to pay the job, and that there's long term opportunities for folks. So, we don't have a single staffing company here," said Kristie Cambee, ECPI University's Campus Director of Career Services.

      As the host school ECPI is focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-based job opportunities.

      "I've done avionics my entire life, all my work life anyway and so, I'm changing career fields into electro engineering technologies. So, I wanted to come out and see what we have here other than Boeing," said ECPI student Kennith Burkett.

      The process of shaking hands and leaving resumes at this one-day fair won't be the only opportunity for applicants. Future employees are being directed towards networking.

      "A lot of people don't understand what's available and again that's when networking organizations like ours come into place," said Tech After Five founder Phil Yanov.

      He said on the spot hiring is rare, so those looking for jobs have to maximize their encounters with employers.

      "Finding a job, networking is a great way to find a job right? But the thing is networking means repeated contact. Just one thing doesn't do it. If I meet you again and again, you see my smiling face understand whether I'm a good fit for you or not that's how that works," said Yanov.