2015 Garrett County Job Fair Open to All Job Seekers
Last Updated on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:14pm | Garrett County Economic Development
"What's Happening" is a regular feature of The Lake-Front magazine and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. This article originally appeared in the March 2015 issue.
Job seekers will be able to speak with employers seeking to hire now and in the near future at the upcoming Garrett County Job Fair, scheduled for Thursday, March 26th, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., in the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) Gymnasium. The Job Fair is open to the entire Garrett County community. High school and college students, as well as those with more experience, are encouraged to attend. "The Job Fair is a must for anyone seeking full-time, part-time, and/or summer employment," said Judy Carbone, director of advising and academic success at Garrett College and chair of the Job Fair planning committee.
A website has been developed that offers information on the Job Fair, as well as names and descriptions of the businesses that will participate. Job seekers may visit this site to learn more about the opportunities available and the employers that will be in attendance. The site is www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair
It is anticipated that approximately 50 businesses and organizations will register to attend the Job Fair. Currently planning to attend are some of Garrett County's most well-known employers, including Beitzel Corporation, First United Bank and Trust, Garrett Container Systems, Pillar Innovations, GCC Technologies, Brenda's Pizzeria, Trader's Coffee House, Phenix Technologies, Goodwill Retirement Community, Pioneer Conveyor, Taylor Made Deep Creek Lake Vacations, AssetBook, and Bill's Marine Service. Check the Job Fair website for a complete list.
Many of the companies registered to attend are seeking to fill jobs that include supervisors and managers, tellers and bank associates, office and data entry clerks, customer service representatives, hospitality staff members, outdoor and adventure enthusiasts, restaurant workers, home health care workers, computer technicians, welders and machine operators, sales representatives, and more.
Carbone suggested that serious job seekers prepare to attend the fair as they would prepare to attend a job interview. Several of her suggestions are listed below:
1. Review the list of employers who will be participating in the Job Fair. Identify employers you wish to see and research each using the Internet or other local sources of information. Knowing about the employers may help you better answer questions they pose. Links to the employer websites are available online at the Job Fair website.
2. Write a professional resume that presents qualifications for your target position. "Employers appreciate and often expect being handed a resume that demonstrates your qualifications, including past experiences, education, skills, and accomplishments," Carbone said, adding that job seekers who come to the Job Fair without a resume may find themselves at a disadvantage and may not be seen as favorably as those who do have resumes. Information on writing effective resumes can also be found on the Job Fair website.
Additional information on developing effective resumes can be found at the Garrett County One-Stop Job Center at 221 South Third Street, Oakland, (301) 334-3972, according to Cheryl Angle, Maryland Workforce Exchange Supervisor and member of the Job Fair planning committee. Says Angle, "the professionally trained resume writers at the Job Center will provide advice and assistance with resume writing."
3. Plan in advance to make a good, professional impression. One way to do this is to wear an outfit that is professional, similar to one that would be appropriate for a one-on-one interview. "At the very least, dress in clean, business casual attire," Carbone recommended.
"There are other ways to prepare for the Job Fair and to increase your chances of success. On the Job Fair website, you can download a brochure and view a slide presentation entitled 'Making the Most of the Garrett County Job Fair' that contains other tips and suggestions," Carbone said.
The Job Fair is being offered by a partnership of Garrett College, the Garrett County One-Stop Job Center, Western Maryland Consortium, 104.5 WKHJ/92.3 The Train/1050-AM WMSG, and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.