Library Partnership to sponsor job fair
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.
If you're unemployed and seriously looking for a job, then the Library Partnership Job Fair could provide those seeking a job an opportunity to learn more about available jobs and to get at a face-to-face meeting with local employers.
* What: Library Partnership Job Fair.
* When: 2-4 p.m. Sept. 27.
* Where: Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.
* Miscellaneous: A resume workshop will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, also at Library Partnership.
* Information: Call 352-334-0161.
But be sure to dress for success and bring your resume and a positive attitude.
The job fair, now in its second year, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 27 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.
Carressa Hutchinson, Library Resource Center manager for Partnership for Strong Families, said the job fair is for anyone who is currently unemployed and seriously seeking job opportunities.
"They (job seekers) should come dressed for success and ready to find a job," said Hutchinson, adding that those needing help writing their resume can get one-on-one help by appointment by calling 352-334-0164 or just show up for the "Resume Writing and Job Search" small group workshop to be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, also at Library Partnership.
In addition, Hutchinson said there is a "Job Board" located in the Library Partnership lobby that is updated weekly.
At the job fair, Hutchinson said there will be a variety of job positions and information about available positions, including full-time, part-time, volunteer and intern opportunities. Hutchinson said employers confirmed to date include Alachua County Public Schools, CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, Tempforce, FloridaWorks, Gainesville Job Corps Center and Childhood Development Services.
Hutchinson also offered the following tips for jobseekers:
* Come dressed as if you're going to a job. Women should wear a dress or blouse and pants and and men should wear slacks or khakis and a dress shirt.
* Come prepared with a current resume that is well-written with no spelling or grammar errors.
* Maintain eye contact.
* Be friendly and show a positive attitude.
* Don't be afraid to ask questions.
* Research the employers and learn about potential jobs that interest you.
* Think about your strengths and weaknesses.
"First impressions are everlasting," Hutchinson said. "Think about what attributes you will be bringing to the job."
Last year, Hutchinson said 100 jobseekers attended the job fair, which featured a diverse group of employers.
"We hope they (jobseekers) will make some good connections and network a little bit, which can lead to a job or a referral," said Hutchinson.
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