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RICHBURG – Thirty-six companies and 2,500 prospective open jobs in the three county area of Chester, Lancaster and York, as well as south Charlotte.
That’s the sort of numbers those who attend the 2014 Catawba Regional Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Gateway Conference Center can expect, said Sharon Blackburn, project director for SCWorks.
“This is a great opportunity to meet a lot of employers at one time,” she said. “That’s a lot of people hiring under one roof at the same time.”
The 2013 job fair drew more than 1,000, including some who left with jobs.
“We’re expecting a crowd bigger than that this year. With all these new companies coming into the area, we tried to make sure they are going to have these jobs in the next three months and they have the work orders to back them up,” Blackburn said.
Blackburn said those who plan to attend should dress for an interview and bring as many copies of their resume as possible.
A head start
Those looking to get a leg up for the job fair can earn a VIP pass by attending a three-hour “How to work a job fair” seminar at the S.C. Works offices in Lancaster, Chester and Rock Hill in the upcoming days.
“It covers the obvious basics such as how to dress, introduce yourself and getting yourself ready for that all-important initial, first-impression interview,” Blackburn said. “It will help people know how to prepare for a job fair.”
Those who successfully complete the session earn a certificate of completion, as well as a pass to enter the job fair two hours early at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m.
The last local “How to work a job fair” is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 8, at SC Works, 705 North White St. Those interested in attending it should pre-register by contacting (803) 385-1008 or Tonya.graham@
“How to work a job fair” seminars are scheduled for for 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 12, and Tuesday, May 13, in Chester and Rock Hill. All SC Works offices will be closed Friday, May 9, for a holiday.
Those interested in attending the seminars need to pre-register by contacting (803) 385-1008 or Tonya.firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’ve had so much interest in these sessions that we’re trying to get as many of them in as we possibly can,” Blackburn said.
Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. is sponsoring transportation to and from the job fair from Kershaw, Heath Springs and Lancaster,
A bus leaves Kershaw Town Hall at 7:15 a.m., Heath Springs Town Hall at 7:45 a.m. and Lancaster Square at 8:15 a.m. to arrive at Richburg for the 9 a.m. VIP session.
A bus leaves Lancaster Square for the regular session at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It will leave Richburg at 2 p.m. and drop off residents at Lancaster Square at 2:30 p.m., Heath Springs at 3 p.m. and Kershaw at 3 p.m.
For details about the job fair, contact (803) 313-7395 or www.scworkscatawba.com.
For transportation information, contact LCEDC at (803) 285-9471 or email email@example.com.
WHAT: 2014 Catawba Regional Job Fair
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 14
WHERE: Gateway Conference Center, 3200 Commerce Drive, Richburg
HOW MUCH: Free; there will 36 companies from Chester, Lancaster and York, as well as south Charlotte
INFORMATION: (803) 313-7395 or www.scworkscatawba.com.
Editor’s note: Erin Kirby, community news coordinator of The Lancaster News, contributed to this story.
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