3rd annual county job fair on tap

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]

A forum that aims to offer a lifeline to the local workforce while supporting existing business and industry is around the corner.

The 3rd annual Sampson County Job Fair, which will include the N.C. Works Mobile Unit, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, located at 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton.

The job fair provides those seeking employment — or those wishing to make a career change — access to many of Sampson County’s businesses and industries. Those entities are searching for “motivated and talented candidates in every discipline,” from hospitality and healthcare to finance, education, sales, agri-business, trucking, paramedics, manufacturing, agriculture, facility maintenance and more, fair organizers said.

Approximately 20 local employers and employment resource organizations are participating in this year’s event, open to all individuals actively seeking employment. The event is free.

“In addition to bringing together top employers from throughout Sampson County, resources will be available for job seekers that can assist in their search for employment or with a possible career change,” stated Sandra Webster, director of the N.C. Works Career Center, located in Clinton. “The state’s official career center on wheels — the N.C. Works Mobile Unit — will be on site and open to assist individuals in finding jobs.”

The NC Works Mobile Unit provides assistance during job fairs and other special events allowing potential employees access to employment services, including career counseling, resume preparation, free internet access and assistance in using www.NCWorks.gov, the state’s official website where individuals can apply online for jobs and search available jobs.

New to this year’s job fair is the addition of the Sampson-Clinton Public Library System, which is sponsoring three 45-minute workshops for career-minded individuals who wish to enhance or hone their job-seeking skills. The workshop will address: Job Applications “Do’s & Don’ts (What mistakes to avoid?); preparing for the interview; tips for a great interview; and following up after the interview. Other resources from the local library system and county agencies will also be available for those seeking to advance their careers.

“Sampson County continues to provide resources and to respond to the needs of its existing industry and business community,” said John Swope, director of the Sampson County Economic Development Commission. “The job fair is one way the county can assist its residents and help to strengthen the local business community and the local economy.”

The fair, whose theme is “Cultivate Your Career,” is a partnership of the N.C. Works Career Center, Sampson County Economic Development Commission, Sampson County AgriExposition Center, Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce and the Triangle South Workforce Development Board.

“The event is a partnership of five organizations whose objective is to bring potential employees and employers together and to inform the community of the career opportunities that are available throughout Sampson County,” said Ray Jordan, executive director of the Sampson Expo Center.

In Sampson County, the N.C. Department of Commerce aids both employers as well as those seeking employment at its one-stop N.C. Works Career Center, located at 115 North Blvd., Clinton, where employment services are available throughout the year.

Those interested in more information about the upcoming fair, whether employers or job seekers, can call 910-592-6451 or email to [email protected]

Event to include ‘career center on wheels’

By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

Sampson County Job Fair

WHAT: Third annual edition, deemed ‘Cultivate Your Career,’ is a partnership of five local and state organizations. Twenty business and industries will be represented at the event.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

WHERE: Sampson County Agri-Expo Center, 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton