COVINGTON, Ga. - Local residents will have the opportunity to get in front of more than employers at the second annual job fair at Georgia Piedmont Technical College Oct. 5.
“Just like last year, it will be an all-day event,” Serra P. Hall, senior project manager for the Covington/Newton County Office of Economic Development, said. Unlike last year’s event, however, this year’s promises to be a full-service day with professional classes, company spotlights, relocation assistance and food vendors on site.
“We felt when people were coming to the job fair and spending time to meet the vendors and networking with their peers, there was something missing,” she said. “We really felt we could go one step further and offer a few classes that are free and you can spend the day with us.”
Hall said the schedule of classes will be released at a later date.
“I think it is really exciting that in our partnership with GPTC, we’re able to utilize some of their staff members and really have their skills for our participants of the job fair,” she said.
This year a dedicated room for company highlights will allow job seekers the opportunity to learn more information about the companies they are applying for.
“We wanted to give a chance to companies that wanted to take a little bit of an extra moment to share more about their company, rather than just being on the floor and getting a quick idea of who they were, this will be a chance for them to get a little deeper and more engaged with a potential employee,” Hall said. “It allows them to share their story a little better.”
There will be 10 slots for companies in the highlight room throughout the day. Vendor applications for the highlight room and the job fair are available online at http://www.selectnewton.com/2018-job-fair.
To make the event more full-service for the participants, the ED office has partnered with Chick-fil-A to provide food at the event.
Hall said last year’s event brought job seekers from outside the area – including out-of-state visitors – and this year’s event guarantees to provide relocation information for anyone seeking to move to the area.
“If we really want to make this job fair really full-service for these participants, we need to make it where you can not only find an amazing job, but you can find an amazing place to live as well and we can provide you with the tools you need to start your new life here in Newton County,” she said.
Last year’s job fair brought more than 50 companies and Hall said the number is expected to be similar this year. First priorities will go to our local industrial, manufacturing, film and entertainment, bio-pharma, high-technology and distribution companies.