Career Fair to Bring 72 Employers to Charlottesville
Seventy-two employers are expected to attend Wednesday's job fair, looking to fill hundreds of open positions.
Those who are looking for a job in central Virginia are in luck. Nearly a hundred employers are headed to Charlottesville to network with job seekers. Wednesday is the Charlottesville Community Spring Job Fair. Organizers say it's the largest of its kind in central Virginia.
Antoine Sims is attending Wednesday's career fair. He is currently employed at the assisted living home Morningside of Charlottesville, but he's also taking online courses at ITT Tech, and he's hoping to get a part-time job in the computer technology field.
"The career fair is a good way to get yourself out there if you want to do something different or if you're in a transitional job and you're looking for something more to your liking," Sims said. "It's a good time to connect with those people and kind of let them know that you're serious and to show them you're serious and to also get with them to let them know that what's on the paper that I sent to you or that you're seeing, I also know in my head also."
Sims says he's the sole provider for his two children, and he wants to be able to give them everything they want and need. He says, even though the economy is improving, it's still tough to find a new job.
"People have their pick of whoever they want, more so than how it used to be," he said. "I came up when you could get a job with no problem. Next week. Now it's not so easy."
Seventy-two employers are expected to attend Wednesday's job fair, looking to fill hundreds of open positions. The University of Virginia, Martha Jefferson Hospital, the city of Charlottesville and some of the area's other largest employers will be there. There will also be on-site training about soft-skills and starting a small business.
Career counseling company Spark Dynamics will provide one-on-one coaching, helping people decide what industries they want to pursue and what educational tracks can get them there. Overall, the goal is to get people networking face to face.
"The way job searching is nowadays, a lot of it is done online, a lot of times you're submitting your application online or resume and you don't really get the opportunity to meet recruiters... and this is a good opportunity to be able to do that," said Hollie Lee, a Charlottesville economic development specialist.
"That's the point," Sims said. "The point is to show them you're serious. If you show up there in sweat pants or something like that you're not serious about it. But if you show up there and you're dressed for the occasion, you're dressed for what you want to do and you're serious to get to meet that person and to show them is always a great way."
And that's just what Sims plans to do Wednesday.
"Every time an application goes out or a resume, sometimes it's not always clear cut how much you know, so sometimes you can surprise them or wow them with your knowledge right there in front of them which is a good thing," he said.
The Charlottesville Community Spring Job Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John Paul Jones Arena. Pre-registration for job seekers is now closed, but people are encouraged to register at the event.
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