Job seekers will have the chance to talk to more than 50 employers at a job fair this week.
The free job fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the lobby of the Paul. A Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College. The college and Smithfield’s two Capital Area Workforce Development Centers are hosting the fair.
The goal is to help people land jobs, said Nancy B. Stancil, one of the event organizers and an employee of the Capital Area Workforce Development Center. “That’s our main goal,” she said. “That’s what our centers are in existence for.”
Johnston County’s jobless rate is at 5.2 percent, Stancil said. The statewide rate is 6.6 percent.
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The fair will showcase a range of companies and jobs. Many of the companies are in Johnston County, but others are in Wake, Orange, Durham, Wayne, Harnett and Granville counties. The jobs range from low- to high-skilled.
Some examples: Structural Steel near Clayton needs production helpers and welders. Waste Industries in Raleigh is looking for mechanics. Johnston Health needs both clinical and nonclinical workers, and one of its departments is looking for housekeepers and floor technicians.
The police departments in Clayton, Durham and Chapel Hill need officers. Mega Force Staffing in Smithfield is looking for clerical and light-industry workers. Insulin maker Novo Nordisk near Clayton is hiring. And the Johnston County schools are looking for teacher assistants, custodians, office support and cafeteria workers.
Job seekers can go from table to table and talk to companies.
Stancil has some advice for those seeking work. “I would dress business professional, like you’re going to a job interview,” she said. “Make sure they have plenty of copies of their resume with them and try to do a little preparation in case they do get an interview on the spot.”
From 11 a.m. to noon, human resources professionals will review resumes and answer questions from job seekers. People with sensitive questions will be able to meet with someone one-on-one.
Last year, about 500 job seekers came to the fair, Stancil said. Admission is free, but people will need to sign in with their first and last name and the last four digits of their Social Security number. This is so organizers can make sure people are signed up for the state’s new jobs database website.
Stancil said the website, ncworks.gov, is a great way to search for jobs. Job seekers can enter their resume, and the website will find jobs that match their experience.
People who want help preparing for the job fair ahead of time can visit one of the Capital Area Workforce Development Centers in Smithfield. The center at 300 S. Third Street in Smithfield is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. The center at 214 Peedin Road is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
These centers are open to the public at any time, not just for help with the job fair.