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Schedule set for second annual regional job fair
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COVINGTON, Ga. – The doors to Georgia Piedmont Technical College will open to the public at 10:30 a.m. Friday for the second annual Regional Job Fair with more than 50 businesses waiting to talk to perspective employees. 

“We appreciate our partners in neighboring counties that provide support who are willing to come together for building a stellar workforce,” Serra P. Hall, Covington/Newton County Office of Economic Development senior project manager, said.  “The I-20 corridor is a special area with strong skill sets and incredible jobs.  The partnership here is unlike any other place in Georgia.”

This year’s job fair boasts a more robust schedule of events, including secondary education courses, company highlights and more. 

“Just like last year, it will be an all-day event,” Hall said. “Unlike last year’s event, howev¬er, this year’s promises to be a full-service day with professional class¬es, 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 some¬thing missing. 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.”

The secondary education courses, presented by GPTC, will include the following topics:

- Ace the Interview (Lab 151B)

- Resume Rescue: Resumes that get Attention (Lab 152C)

- Dress for Success & Personal Branding: Developing a Positive Professional Image (Room 163)

- 10 Soft Skills You Need (Room 166B)

- Goal Setting and Getting Things Done (Room 159B)

- Bounce Back from a Bad Background Check (Lab 140A)

These courses will be taught in 30-minute intervals from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the rooms listed. 

Another new addition this year, Shire Pharmaceuticals and Masterack will be featured with special company highlights. During this 1-hour time, prospective employees will have the opportunity to learn more about each business’ specific needs. Shire is scheduled for 11 a.m. and Masterack is scheduled for 1 p.m. 

Other additions to this year’s event include:

- A relocation table presented by East Metro Board of Realtors in the Mail Hall to present relocation information for prospective employees coming from out of the regional area. 

- A Chick-fil-A food truck will be located at the entrance selling food during the event. 

- Consolidated Copier will be on hand in the main hall for vendors to make copies as needed (Original copies or USB flash drives of files must be available to make copies. Computer plug-ins will not be available.). 

- Overflow parking will be located at City Pond Park with a shuttle transporting people from the venue to their cars. 

David Bernd, vice president of economic development for Covington/Newton County ED said this year’s industry participants represent more than 700 job opportunities. The full list of more than companies, staffing agencies and governmental entities attending the job fair can be viewed at