Job seekers are encouraged to attend a regional job fair hosted by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with the Burlington County Workforce Investment Board, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Burlington Center Mall on Route 541 in Burlington Township.
At the job fair, employers will interview hundreds of job seekers for opportunities within their companies. The event is designed to give those looking for jobs the ability to have personal contact with local employers.
“In response to current economic conditions and increased unemployment, we are bringing together job seekers and companies looking for talented individuals,” said Freeholder Joseph P. Donnelly.
So far, 25 companies have confirmed participation in the event, and more companies are expected to sign up. By the job fair, the number of companies expected to attend will nearly double, according to the county. Jobs range from entry-level to management. Participating companies will represent industries as diverse as health care, customer service, hospitality, finance, sales, skilled trades, transportation, security and more.
“This is an ideal opportunity for businesses to fill job vacancies and meet talented local potential employees,” said Donnelly. “It also gives employers valuable exposure for their company.”
The Burlington County Workforce Investment Board has a proven record of accomplishment in hosting successful events aimed at connecting employers and job seekers, the county said. Employers will have the opportunity to gather information on the county’s On-the-Job-Training wage grant, where employers may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in funding for eligible new hires.
So that job seekers will be prepared for the job fair, the county will hold a free resume review night at the Burlington County College Mount Holly Center, 1 High St., from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Those looking for a job will learn how to make a resume stand out. Attendees are asked to bring their resume on a flash drive for instant updating.
Resume review night attendees are encouraged to register in advance at collegecentral.com/bcc.
Employment experts will offer advice about proper style, formatting and content when composing a resume. Job hunters will spend up to 20 minutes in private consultation with one of the experts, who come from a variety of local companies. Participants who are not registered in advance will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.
There will also be a free workshop, From Pink Slip to Paycheck, which will offer tips on creating a winning resume and a strong cover letter that gets a job seeker noticed. This workshop will run from 6:15-7 p.m. and again at 7:30-8:15 p.m.
Employers interested in participating in the job fair should contact the Workforce Investment Board at 609-265-5603 or download a registration form at burlcowib.com and submit it no later than Friday, Sept. 30.