Job fairs to help graduates, unemployed enter workforce

Published 9:34 am Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Deciding what to do after high school or finding a new job can be tough prospects to face.

An upcoming career and job fair being sponsored by the Workforce and Education Committee of Carter County Tomorrow aims to help people trying to make those decisions. The fair is being held in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Jobs4TN program.

“Entering the job market can be difficult,” C-Ann Chapman, regional spokeswoman for the East Tennessee TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development, said. “High school seniors are faced with trying to decide if they want to go to college, what they want to major in and what job do they want. For people already in the workforce, they could be unemployed or underemployed. This will help show both what options are out there in Carter County.”

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The fairs will be held at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton April 14. A career fair will be held for all seniors from the four high schools in Carter County and Elizabethton High School from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A jobs fair will be held from 3-7 p.m. and is open to all job seekers. This is the first time a fair like this has been held in Carter County, Chapman said.

The fair is open to the public and does not require reservations. Job seekers should come dresses as ready for an interview and be prepared to discuss potential job openings, Chapman said.

“We expect around 30 employers to be on hand at the fair,” she said. “They will be there to help job seekers with the application process for those available positions.”

Employers already signed up to participate are Brock Services from Kingsport, NCI Industries, Snap-On Tools, Regions Bank, Mountain States Health Alliance, Lowe’s Centurylink and several area nursing homes, Chapman said.

For high school students, several local colleges and universities will be in attendance along with potential employers. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Northeast State Community College, East Tennessee State University, Milligan College and the Carter County and Elizabethton school systems will be present to provide information.

“We want the high school students to get out there and interact with these employers,” Chapman said. “We want them to develop the communication skills and have the confidence to talk about the job opportunities available for them.”

In addition to the job opportunities, officials from Jobs4TN will be available to help with information on how to dress for job interviews and how to prepare a resume.