Career expo to put job seekers in front of hiring managers
More than 80 companies will attend an employment event in Jacksonville Tuesday – with job vacancies to fill.
NCWorks Career Center is hosting a Veterans’ Job Fair and Career Expo on Nov. 14 with special preference for military-affiliated job seekers from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Gerry Cruz, Veterans Career Advisor for NCWorks Career Center Onslow County, says the center offers head-of-line privileges for the veteran demographic, but programs are available to anyone seeking employment.
“The first hour, only veterans and their dependents, active duty, guardsmen, reservists have access because we want to give the veterans and etc. a priority,” he said. “Any veteran that walks in here is supposed to have priority of services for jobs, for training, they’re supposed to be ahead of everybody else.”
The remaining portion of Tuesday’s expo – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – is open to the general public. Cruz says applicants should prepare as though they are going to a job interview.
“With over 80 companies, we have some good opportunities here. Sometimes employers can make a job offer on the spot, if they do an interview there,” he said.
There are several steps he recommends job seekers take to be organized for this event – including reviewing their resume, researching the companies, and dressing for the part.
“To be properly dressed is very key, and they don’t have to dress super fancy, but at least trousers for the men. Also, it depends on the type of work you’re looking for. If you’re looking for, for example, managerial, high-executive level, then you need to be in a suit,” he said. ”Be prepared.”
The career center offers free resume services, and appointments are not required. Cruz emphasized the importance of listing a working phone number and good email address on that document. Their staff also assists with interview skills.
“Definitely practice your 30-second personal commercial. You know, tell me who you are. You can say a lot in 30 seconds, so practice … and tell them what you can bring to the table,” Cruz said. “One of the reasons I give the list of employers is so they can search the website. They can basically connect to the employer, find out if they can be a good fit for them.”
Companies that are scheduled to attend include local businesses, like Onslow Memorial Hospital, to universities and organizations from out-of-area. The industries represented range between law enforcement, construction, customer service, and more.
The Veterans’ Job Fair and Career Expo will be held at the American Legion Burton Cowell Post-265, 146 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.
For information on resume assistance or the event, contact 910-347-2121.
This article is reprinted by permission from