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Job expo at Gainesville Civic Center to draw around 60 companies
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Job Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

Admission: Free

More info: www.ghcc.com

About 60 employers will be hiring and hundreds of job seekers are expected to attend an annual job fair and career expo Thursday at the Gainesville Civic Center.

“The event provides coveted face time and personal contact with hiring managers,” according to event host Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s website.

The fair, sponsored by Spherion, a staffing services company, is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the center, 830 Green St. It is open to the public at no charge.

The Gainesville-based Georgia Mountains Regional Commission’s Workforce Development Career Coach also will be at the event.

“We will be helping area residents search and apply for jobs, write resumes and cover letters, and discern their career interests,” said mobile training unit instructor Keith Krauth.

Also, the coach will provide information about tuition assistance and on-the-job training programs.

The GMRC works with area colleges, as well as the Georgia Department of Labor, in helping residents in the program.

“A lot of people may need extra training, more certification, and we help provide (tuition aid) to be able to do that,” instructor Micah Thomas has said.

“A lot of grants will offer money for just tuition, but we also offer money to help with child care, which may hold people back from being able to go to school.”

Also involved in holding the event is the Georgia Department of Labor’s Gainesville Area Employer Committee.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, who plans to attend the expo, urges those seeking work to meet personally with employers, especially in an era when much recruiting is done online.

“This is a golden opportunity where individuals can meet with the companies, talk with the people who work there, make an impression on these companies and show them how they would be a valuable part of their team,” Butler said.

Other sponsors include Express Employment Professionals, King’s Hawaiian, HTI Employment Solutions, Highland Mountain Beverage, Lanier Technical College, McGarity’s Business Products, Milton Martin Honda and Signs by Tomorrow.

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