Written by: Sandra Webster
Sandra Webster, the Career Center Manager of the NCWorks Career Center in Sampson County, worked diligently with local agencies, employers, and partners to assist in coordinating their Sampson County 2nd Annual Job Fair. The job fair was designed to bring employers and potential employees together and to assist their local industry and business community in finding and retaining qualified employees. The job fair event was free for individuals seeking a career or a job change.
The sponsors of this successful event also included Ray Jordan, Executive Director of the Sampson County Exposition Center, John Swope, Executive Director of Sampson County Economic Development Commission, Kaitlin Norris, Executive Director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, and Mike Peluso, Business Services Representative on behalf of our Triangle South Workforce Development Board.
The job fair was held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm in the Prestage Hall which is located at the Sampson County Exposition Center in Clinton, NC. Our marketing theme was “Cultivate Your Career” with the main goal of attracting potential employees for Sampson County industries, businesses, and public sector agencies. The event was advertised extensively within a 50-mile radius through a variety of media outlets in the counties of Sampson, Duplin, Wayne, Pender, New Hanover, Bladen, Cumberland, and Harnett.
Sandra stated, “On behalf of the entire Job Fair Committee, I would like to offer a special thank you to the citizens of our community for their participation in our 2017 Job Fair.”
A total of 271 job seekers attended the Job Fair, and 84 employers participated in job recruitment. In addition, the NCWorks Mobile Unit was on site, and NCWorks Career Center staff assisted job seekers with registering in NCWorks Online, resume and cover letter preparation, and job search assistance. One hundred and nine individuals received services in the NCWorks Mobile Unit and 39 internal employment job referrals were provided.
“We hope that all who attended found the event to be well organized and helpful in their job seeking and recruitment efforts,” Sandra stated.