Bring resume, and confidence, to Gainesville Job Fair


Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.

Are you looking for a job? If so, you're in luck because at the Gainesville Job Fair, you will have an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with employers and maybe even get hired on the spot, so come dressed for success.

Facts

Job fair is Tuesday

What: Gainesville Job Fair, with city, county and other local employers.
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: Martin Luther King Center, 1028 NE 14th St.
Information: Call 334-5000 or email rawlsyh@cityofgainesville.org.

And if you need help with business attire, no problem; There will be a clothes closet available.

Now in its second year, the Gainesville Job Fair is a collaboration between the city of Gainesville, FloridaWorks, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Santa Fe College and the city of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity.

City Commissioner Yvonne Hinson-Rawls said job seekers can meet and interview with potential employers, attend employability skills workshops on such topics as job applications, applying for jobs online, resume writing, dressing for success, interviewing skills and other topics.

Hinson-Rawls said job seekers are encouraged to come dressed in business attire and bring their resume.

"I think this job fair will be even better (than last year)," said Hinson-Rawls, adding that last year 1,200 people attended the event.

If you don't have a resume, Hinson-Rawls said the city's Human Resource Department will be onsite at the registration table to create a skills assessment form so that job seekers can carry the form when they talk to employers.

And for those without business attire, "we're providing a clothes closet to improve their chances (of being hired)," said Hinson-Rawls, adding that there will be a clothes closet located in the locker room at the King Center.

There also will be food for job-seekers and employers.

Participating employers will include various city of Gainesville departments, such as the Gainesville Police Department and GRU, and also the University of Florida, Gainesville Job Corps Center, Kangaroo, Domino's Pizza, Bear Archery, Infinite Energy, Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Alachua County Library District, Temp-Force, Florida Credit Union, U.S. Postal Service, UPS, Regional Transit System and others.

Hinson-Rawls said this year, there will be a job fair direct mailing to 4,400 job seekers identified by FloridaWorks who live in District 1, which Hinson-Rawls represents. They are those living in these zip codes: 32601, 32609 and 32641. She said last year, 13,000 job seekers were identified in District 1.

Hinson-Rawls recommends practicing communicating effectively by practicing at home in front of a mirror.

"Come with a positive attitude and be optimistic," she said. "Speak confidently and maintain eye contact."

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