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How to get the most out of Saturday job fair at Gainesville Civic Center
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Job seekers or those looking for better work digs have an opportunity this weekend to hand out resumes and sit down with employers.

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is holding its first Saturday job fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

With 65-plus employer booths and hiring managers on site, the fair “is a great opportunity to learn about area companies that are hiring,” according to the chamber.

Some 1,000 job seekers are expected to be at the fair, where they can meet employers one-on-one and complete job applications. 

Parking is spread out at the civic center, so a shuttle will be available to bring job seekers to the event.

Attendees may want to visit to create an account and upload or prepare a resume, according to the Georgia Department of Labor, which is teaming up with the chamber, Lanier Technical College and the Gainesville Area Employer Committee to sponsor the fair.

Having an Employ Georgia account can speed up the interview process, according to the labor department.

“Applicants are encouraged to bring their resumes, driver’s licenses and dress business casual to improve their chances to be hired,” the department stated in a press release.

Overall, it’s a job seeker’s market, with workers finding it much easier than in past years to snag a job, officials and business leaders have said.

“Demand for employees across all sectors continues to be strong in our area,” with workers moving between employers to increase pay, said Stacey Reece, franchise owner of Spherion Staffing Services in Gainesville, in an earlier interview.

“Unfortunately, when the employer goes to replace the employee, they find out either they have to increase wages or settle for an employee with lesser skills and invest in retraining,” he said.

Also, employers are continuing to evaluate wages and benefits and determine where their ranges need to be to remain competitive and retain qualified workers, Reece said.

The last chamber job fair was held on a weekday in March, drawing 750 people and 70-plus employers to the civic center, where tables spilled into the hallways.

Fall job fair

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

How much: Free to attend