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2018 job fair to offer continuing education courses
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COVINGTON, Ga. - Using the resources of its host location, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, the 2018 Regional Job Fair promises to provide more than just networking opportunities for prospective employees attending the event. 

“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.”

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.

Five topics will be covered in 20-25 minute sessions repeating throughout the day, Dr. Irvin Clark, vice president of economic development and dean of GPTC’s Newton County campus, said. The topics will include: resume writing, interview skills, dress for success, 10 soft skills you need and goal setting and getting things done.

Clark provided descriptions to two of the classes offered.

10 Soft Skills You Need Workshop

The meaning of Soft Skills can sometimes be difficult to describe. It can be that unique attribute or characteristic that facilitates great communication. It can be the special way that you show confidence in a challenging situation. These and other events can become more easily managed with this great workshop.
With our 10 Soft Skills You Need workshop you will begin to see how important it is to develop a core set of soft skills. By managing and looking at the way people interact and seeing things in a new light, you will improve on almost every aspect of their career.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Discuss how soft skills are important to success in the workplace
  • Understand the 10 key soft skills everyone should have
  • Use soft skills to relate more effectively to others in the workplace
  • Understand how to use soft skills to communicate, problem-solve, and resolve conflict
  • Apply soft skills to specific situations

Goal Setting and Getting Things Done

Goal Setting is one of the most basic and essential skills someone can develop. What makes a good goal? We touch on goal characteristics, time management, making a to do list, and what to do when setbacks occur. This workshop will provide the knowledge and skills for your participants to complete more tasks and get things done.
Our Goal Setting and Getting Things Done workshop will cover strategies to help you overcome procrastination. These skills will translate into increased satisfaction in your professional and personal lives. You will also learn the Goal Setting characteristics of successful people and in turn become happier and more productive.

Workshop Objectives:

·         Overcome procrastination

·         Manage time effectively

·         Accomplish important tasks

·         Self-motivate

·         Create SMART goals


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 local industrial, manufacturing, film and entertainment, bio-phar­ma, high-technology and distribution companies.

The job fair is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GPTC, located at 8100 Bobby Williams Parkway in Covington. The deadline for industry partners to submit applications is Aug. 31.  For more information about the job fair, visit