UNION COUNTY — A cookout with food served by local officials, a contest for the most professionally dressed job applicant, and a “professional selfie area” will help make the Union County Industry Job Fair on Aug. 6 at the Union County Advanced Technology Center unlike any other job fair.
“This is not going to be a typical job fair,” Union County Advanced Technology Center Site Coordinator Kathy Jo Lancaster said Monday morning. “We have built a unique agenda and activities around interactions and helping industries gauge what and who is out there with the right skills, the right experience, and is the right fit.”
That agenda will include on-site interview opportunities between job-seekers and representatives of the companies participating in the job fair, something Lancaster said is not normally done at most job fairs.
“The spotlight of this particular job fair will focus on our industrial and manufacturing sectors,” Lancaster said. “There are jobs in Union County and I believe we have skilled workers who can fill these positions. Having our companies under one roof will provide larger access to candidates in a one stop environment.
“In addition, companies have the opportunity to get their name out and encourage talented job seekers to consider them and engage in conversation with potential employees rather than just relying on a resume,” she said. “A major benefit for job-seekers includes putting this group on a fast track to gaining employment and for employers, the benefits include helping companies fill vacancies and address their workforce deficiencies.”
The following companies will be participating in the job fair:
• Construction Resource Group
• Standard Textile
• Belk Distribution
• Dollar General Distribution
• Vapor Apparel
• Milliken (both local plants)
• Union County School District
The following positions will be available for job-seekers:
• Biotech Staff
• Waste Water Construction
• General Warehouse
• Bus Drivers
• Production & Machine Operators
• Sewing Operators
• Forklift Drivers
• Material Handlers
While the emphasis will be on providing job-seekers with opportunities for face-to-face interviews with the participating companies, Lancaster said “resume checkups” will also be provided.
“Our director of the SCC Career Services Office will be available to critique applicants’ resumes,” Lancaster said. “If problems are found the applicant can use an online template here at the center to retype their resume with the recommended corrections. Anyone can use this, it is on our website. Go to www.sccsc.edu/tips/ and it will take you to the template.”
Lancater added that the director of the SCC Career Services Office, Jennifer Little, will also conduct a workshop on “How To Turn A Job Fair Into A Job Offer.” The workshop, which is designed to help prepare job-seekers for the Aug. 6 job fair, will be held at the SCWorks office on Main Street in downtown Union on Thursday, July 27 at 9 a.m.
The job fair, which will be held at the UCATC on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 2-7 p.m., is being sponsored by Spartanburg Community College, SCWorks Upstate, and the Union County Economic Development Board.
The unique nature of the combined sponsorship by the three organizations is reflected in the unique nature of the job fair which Lancaster said is designed to get people who would not go to an ordinary job fair to attend and take advantage of the services and opportunities that will be available Aug. 6.
“A lot of people will not go to job fairs because they feel it is of no service,” Lancaster said. “That is not the case with the Union County Industry Job Fair. Our goal is to provide a unique networking opportunity for both employers and job seekers, specifically targeting qualified candidates and the high-tech industry professionals that aim to hire them.
In the 21st century, high-tech includes the Internet and Lancaster said that sponsors of the job fair will be making extensive use of the Internet to promote the fair. In addition, Lancaster said the job fair will also provide job-seekers with the opportunity to promote themselves, their job skills, experience and abilities to potential employers.
“Social media will play a big role in this including putting selfies on Facebook or any other social media site in a professional selfie area,” Lancaster said. “There will also be a hashtag — #mfgjobsunion.sc — that people can use.”
Lancaster added that the UCATC will be using “email blasts” through the SCC Career Services database to notify alumni and current students of the job fair and the services and opportunities it will make available to both job-seekers and persons seeking to change careers. She said that SCWorks will also be sending out email blasts about the job fair and the services and opportunities it will provide to all of its registered clients.
Job-seekers who attend the job fair are encouraged to dress professionally, not only to make a good impression on the representatives of the companies they are hoping to work for, but also to have a chance of winning a very special prize.
“We will have a ‘Most Professionally Dressed’ contest,” Lancaster said. “The winner will be the applicant who is the most professionally dressed for the fair and the interviews. The winner of the contest will receive two tickets to Biltmore Estates.”
You can’t really do a job interview on an empty stomach, and the job fair’s sponsors are making sure that the job applicants and the representatives of the companies participating are fed.
“We will be having a cookout throughout the job fair,” Lancaster said. “The food will be cooked here at the Advanced Technology Center and will be served by local mayors and the county supervisor.”
For more information on the Union County Industry Job Fair call 864-466-1060.