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Northeast Georgia Career Expo approaching

Chamber event Feb. 25 at Lanier Technical College

POSTED: February 6, 2014 12:03 a.m.
 

CUMMING — Area businesses are invited to take part in the upcoming Northeast Georgia Career Expo.

The event, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 25, will be held at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

Danette Smith, with the Georgia Department of Labor, said the expo is being held in partnership with the local college and the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. However, it is a regional event so businesses from surrounding counties are welcome to sign up.

“We welcome any employer, but our target is actual industry,” Smith said. “The idea of having the expo was birthed for Forsyth County because so many employers were having difficulties filling technical positions.

“We wanted to make sure those employers had a venue to attend and have access to several hundred job seekers, some good potential applicants for their positions.”

According to Smith, up to  90 employers can take part. “We’ll see how close to get to that,” she said. “We do already have quite a strong registration.”

Among the businesses signed up are those in areas such as manufacturing, banking, retail, health care, government, computer systems and education.

Any company interested in participating can register by contacting June Murphy, also with the labor department, via email at june.murphy@gdol.ga.gov.

The deadline to register, unless all the slots fill before then, is Feb. 21.

“There will be tables set up for them … they are welcome to bring any special products for customers to see, brochures, PowerPoint presentations or short demonstrations,” Smith said. “They’re welcome to set up their booths however they desire, however simple or complicated they would like.”

There is no charge for businesses to take part. Likewise, the career expo is free for the public.

“Since this is the first time we’ve partnered with the Forsyth chamber and Lanier Tech at this location, we’re not sure how many job seekers we’ll have,” Smith said. “But we are expecting several hundred people because we will be marketing in all of the surrounding counties.”

She said any job seekers planning to attend should bring at least 20 to 30 copies of their resume “because there are going to be multiple employers there that they may want to speak with.”

She advised that they should also come dressed professionally, just as they would for a scheduled job interview.

“It is vital that the public understands that when they walk into that job fair, they are technically interviewing with an employer,” Smith said. “Even if they only speak a few brief minutes with an employer and leave a resume … that employer is determining [whether] to bring them in for an extensive interview or go on to another candidate.”

Smith said she hopes both employers and job seekers have success.

“We’re going to do our best to have some great candidates there for our employers,” she said.

 

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