Thursday, February 9, 2012
Marshall/Benton Job Fair needs employer signups
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair committee is seeking employers who will sign up to attend the March 8 Job Fair and offer interviews to potential hires.
“Right now it’s crunch time,” said Adam Todd, director of the Governor’s Job Fair Network.
Any employer who has a job opening or who expects to have a job opening within a couple of months of the fair is extended an invitation. Although many employers with job opportunities wait until the last minute to register for a booth, committee members are anxious to get employers to sign up as soon as they can and for the word to get out that volunteers will be needed at the fair.
The fair will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the W.A. McMillan Gym on the Rust College campus.
Those who work with job seekers to get ready for an interview can check with Catholic Social Services (662-252-1336) or the C2C Job Training program at the Regional Technology Center in Holly Springs (662-252-4652, extension 1100, 1101 or 1103). Individuals are helped with how to dress for an interview and how to build a resume to give to prospective employers.
Many individuals who attend the job fair find that job offers may come after the fair date, as employers keep resumes on hand for when they may have job openings later in the year.
For any job seeker who may feel unsure about who to approach for an interview, volunteers will be at tables just inside the door to assist anyone who may need some introduction to an employer or encouragement to approach a prospective company.
“Everything we do will have a direct impact on someone’s life in your community,” Todd said. “On March 8, people’s lives are going to change as a direct result of what we do.”
Last year’s fair drew over 600 job seekers and 44 employers. There were 108 job offers made at the fair, Todd said.
Employers are encouraged to contact Todd at email@example.com or call 601-321-6154 to register or to learn more about the fair.
Employer registration for the fair can be done anytime up until the day of the fair. Many employers come in and set up their display booths the afternoon prior to the fair, or on Wednesday, March 7.
Registration for an 8’x10’ display area with table and chairs, two lunches and brochure and website listings of available positions costs $125. An additional $30 is asked for an electrical outlet and extra lunch tickets cost $5 for employers. An employer hospitality room will be available.
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