Companies got the chance to meet with prospective employees Tuesday at the 2013 Charlottesville Community Career Conference at John Paul Jones Arena.
The job application process can be frustrating and time-consuming. The event provided a bridge between companies and prospective employees, making the process a little easier.
"A number of employers, local employers in the area, in one place, is something that's very welcome," said Galloway Beck, director of human resources for the City of Charlottesville.
Thousands of people on the prowl for new opportunities were greeted by some of what central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley have to offer. Seventy-four employers ranging from government to the health industry to technology companies took part.
Most consider this type of recruiting more effective than simply getting applications.
"Meeting someone in person is much better than looking at a resume or an application and having to make a decision from that. You get to know their personality, you get to know what they're like a little bit; you can introduce yourself to them. They get an opportunity to sort of sell themselves," said Sharon Bishop, nurse recruiter at Martha Jefferson Hospital.
The Charlottesville Community Career Conference began in 2006 as a small meet and greet, and has grown in popularity to the point that it fills the John Paul Jones Arena. Event organizer Hollie Lee says this is due to the effectiveness of face-to-face interviews.
"We hope that it gives people an opportunity to meet with recruiters one-on-one, face-to-face because a lot of times nowadays basically things are done online. So you submit your resume online and it may or may not get to a person who actually reviews it," said Hollie Lee, a representative from Charlottesville's Office of Economic Development.
The event takes place twice a year in the spring and the fall.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - On Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 from 9am to 3pm at John Paul Jones Arena, job seekers will have an exclusive opportunity to network and discover how they can move up the career ladder. The Career Conference will be an all-day event focusing on how job seekers can market themselves to top employers in the local community. For the first time, the Career Conference will also host the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo, giving job seekers the opportunity to learn about open positions in Charlottesville, as well as connect with professionals in the business community.
In addition to opportunities for one-on-one interactions with company representatives at their employer booths, job seekers will also have a chance to network with employers through a series of panel discussions on several of the major industries in the Charlottesville area. These discussions will be led by industry experts from some of the most prominent companies in Charlottesville (Adams & Garth, Adecco, the City of Charlottesville, Home Instead, Interim Healthcare, Liberty Mutual, and the Daily Progress to name a few). Educational institutions such as Piedmont Virginia Community College and National College will also be onsite to talk to job seekers about enrichment opportunities in our area pertaining to these industries.
Additionally, the career conference will feature a job seeker resource area, co-sponsored by the Daily Progress and Monster.com. Throughout the day, attendees can visit the resource area to get help with résumé review, interviewing, online job searching, etc. Community non-profits will also be available to offer information on products and services available to attendees.
The career conference is free and open to the public. However, pre-registration is highly encouraged. For more information or to pre-register, CLICK HERE.
The job fair is sponsored by the City of Charlottesville in partnership with the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the County of Albemarle, the Adult Learning Center, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the International Rescue Committee, OAR, National College, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Piedmont Workforce Network, the Virginia Employment Commission, and the Virginia Workforce Center.
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