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Job fair to help employers and job seekers

Those in the market for a job should mark their calendars for March 16. Several organizations are teaming up to host the Second Annual Career Expo at the Thomson Depot from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

More than 30 employers from six counties -- McDuffie, Wilkes, Lincoln, Hancock, Warren and Taliaferro -- will be set up in both Depot buildings at the event for job seekers to inquire about employment.

And those searching for a job should be able to find what they are looking for. The 30-plus employers represent many areas of the job market such as manufacturing, military, local government, construction, health care and restaurants.

"Anybody looking for a job is welcome to come," said Ginger Rowland, lead worker at the Georgia Department of Labor Thomson Career Center. "Come prepared to meet with employers. Bring resumes."

Prior to the event, instructors will also be available to teach prospective employees the best way to handle themselves at the job fair. Certified resume writers will be on hand to critique resumes or give advice to those needing to write one.

One Stop of Augusta will have its mobile computer lab in the Depot parking lot for potential employees to search for jobs. The Department of Labor will also have job search computers with internet connection in the Depot.

For Ms. Rowland, the timing of this year's Career Expo could not have been better.

"We're fortunate right now that we do have companies that are hiring, so it's very likely that job seekers can come out with an interview," Ms. Rowland said. "Not only that, it gives job seekers the opportunity to see different types of jobs that are available in the area as well as giving them some practice in talking to employers and things of that nature."

Spanish translators and sign language translators will be on site to help eliminate the language barrier for potential employees. Also, Shepherd Community Blood Center is hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the event.

The Expo is a collaborative effort between several organizations. Vocational Rehabilitation, Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, East Central Georgia Workforce Investment Center, Family Connection, McDuffie County Department of Family and Children Services andİthe Thomson campus of Augusta Tech are co-sponsoring the event.

Any employers that are interested in participating should contact Ms. Rowland at the Department of Labor.



Web posted on Thursday, March 10, 2005











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