Job re-entry fair offers tips for job-seekers


Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.

What is the most important thing on a resume? What is the difference between business professional and business casual dress? How long should your answers be during a job interview?

If you are uncertain about the answers to any of these questions, help is on the way.

Career 180, a job re-entry fair, is a free event that helps people get back into the workforce by providing free resume critiques, mock interviews, professional dress tips and job information presentations.

The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, is at the Santa Fe Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave. Free lunch will be provided.

Representatives from companies such as Avis, Displaced Homemakers and FloridaWorks will be at the event.

The University of Florida chapter of Enactus, an entrepreneurial club focused on professionally helping communities, is hosting Career 180.

Emily Luellen, one of the project managers of the event, said Career 180 provides the skills necessary for those who are unemployed to become competitive job applicants.

"What I think is really special about Career 180 is that participants will be able to talk with company representatives to see what it is that they are looking for in candidates," she said.

Luellen said she encourages people who are currently unemployed to take advantage of their spare time by improving resumes, creating online LinkedIn profiles or even learning a new language. These skills are marketable to companies, she said.

"Never stop trying," she said. "It's so easy to get discouraged in this type of economy, but something is bound to come up."

Travis Wright, the other project manager, said she is looking forward to changing the mindset of job applicants so that they are excited to get back into the workforce. These professional lessons, paired with a renewed attitude and sense of determination, will eventually lead to success, she said.

"Although Career 180 is a one-day event, it goes beyond that because the knowledge people receive can help them for a lifetime."

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