Pre-Job Fair Event in Lavonia Deemed “Success”

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The Georgia Department of Labor’s Toccoa Career Center is calling Tuesday’s job search readiness workshop in Lavonia a success.

The daylong series of free workshops were designed to help job seekers better market themselves to potential employers as well as prepare for an upcoming job fair on September 27 in Stephens Couny.

“We had a big turnout early,” said Cindy Morley with the Georgia  Department of Labor’s Special Projects Division who oversaw the job readiness event. “We opened the doors at 11a and the line was already long at 10:30a with people waiting to go to the workshops.”

Those attending the workshop were able to take advantage of a number of helpful seminars, such how to market yourself through social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn, writing an effective resume, and even making your own 30-second commercial to market to potential employers.

Morley said the social media class was especially popular.

“We had a big turnout in the social media class, but we also had big attendance in the resume critique class,” she said. “A lot of people want to make sure they have the right type of resume so that their skills highlight what people are looking for.”

She went on to say that another popular class was one on how to market yourself after 40.

“People are very interested in that because a lot more people now after age 40 are looking for jobs and they want to make sure they can market themselves without worrying about being discriminated against because of their age,” Morley said.

On the 27th,  the Department of Labor will host a job fair on the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Tech in Stephens County.

Over 60 employers from the Northeast Georgia area will be on hand to interview and meet prospective employees.

Morley said job seekers should come prepared with a resume or list of work experience and dress for an interview.