The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce will again be playing matchmaker for local employers and potential employees at a Job Fair later this month.
The event will run from 2-6 p.m. on July 26 in the Commons area of Mount Airy High School.
“We had several people telling us there was no interest in a job fair, and not to do it, but employers were calling us and asking if we were going to do it again. With very little promotion, we already have just under 40 vendors (employers) lined up to participate and we’re still three weeks out,” said chamber president Randy Collins, who is anticipating over 100 job seekers will participate.
“About a dozen hires resulted from last year’s fair. One of them got hired on the spot that day,” said Collins. “There was interviewing going on. This is not just a PR event.”
The Chamber’s first job fair in 2016 had 20 vendors and 50 job seekers, according to Collins, who says they now have a better location at the high school and better advertising.
“We try to hold it at a neutral site, like a public school,” said Collins. “Everybody’s been to school, and it’s not too intimidating, not like it would be in a fancy office building or a big banquet hall.”
North Carolina’s official “career center on wheels,” the NCWorks Mobile Unit, will be onsite to help people find jobs. The unit will provide help to job seekers with several services including career counseling, resume preparation, free internet access and help using NCWorks.gov.
“The mobile career center will be there to help people who don’t know what to do, and these are all free services,” said Collins. “They can help you put a resume together. They helped thirty or forty people last year, printed out a resume for them, and then they walked into the high school ready to talk to employers.”
“The jobs available run the gamut,” said Collins. “Retail, manufacturing, construction, health care. It’s all there, soup to nuts. One of the common misconceptions is that there are only low-end, minimum wage jobs, jobs that require no skills. But we’ve found very good opportunities for high-paying positions. Some require a level of experience. We are confident people who are looking across the spectrum will find something.”
Finding good hires is one of the major challenges facing businesses today, according to Collins. He adds that potential employees should dress professionally and bring copies of their resume (if they have one). Otherwise the mobile career center will help formulate one.
Job seekers can submit their resume, via email, in advance of the event. All resumes submitted will be sent to the job fair vendors. Resumes may be emailed to: [email protected]
Pre-submitted resumes will go to all vendors.
“There may be employers you don’t talk to on the day, but they’ll get your resume if you’ve sent it in ahead of time,” said Collins
The following companies are sponsors/vendors. All of these companies will have displays at the 2018 Job Fair.
Gold Level Sponsors: Surry County Economic Development Partnership, US Cellular, Allegacy Federal Credit Union and Cooke Rentals.
Silver Level Sponsors: Johnson Granite, Pike Electric, SAVA Senior Care, Cardinal CT and Wayne Farms.
Bronze Level sponsors: Three Rivers Media, AES, Affinity Living Group, American Retirement Counselors, Central States Manufacturing, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Galax Health and Rehab, Genesis-Allegany Center, Grime Guru, Hiring Line, Jimmy Johns, Mount Airy City Schools, Mount Airy News, Northern Hospital, Renfro Corp., Shenandoah Furniture, Surry Yadkin Electric, WLA Trucking and Workforce Unlimited.
Other vendors include Altec Industries, Home Instead Senior Care, Moore & Associates, Mount Airy ENT and Mountain Valley Hospice.
Vendor space is still available for the Job Fair.
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce will host its Third-Annual Job Fair July 26 at Mount Airy High School from 2-6 p.m. in the Commons area (next to the gym, around the back of school). All job seekers are invited to attend and admission is free. Resumes may be emailed in advance of the event to: [email protected] For more information on the Chamber Job Fair, contact Travis Frye via email at [email protected] or call 336-786-6116, ext. 204.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.