by Kaitlyn Thompson
On Thursday, May 3, WVU Parkersburg and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Jackson County Job Fair. The Jackson County Job Fair has several businesses signed up to attend and ready to showcase all that they have to offer.
In cooperation with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and WVU Parkersburg, the Jackson General Hospital will also co-host the event. The morning of May 3, the Jackson General Hospital will be presenting a Community Health Fair, then proceed to the job fair in the afternoon.
Jennifer Randolph, a WVU Parkersburg Career Services Director, encourages students, alumni and members of the community to attend the job fair and visit the Career Services center if anyone has questions or needs any documents prior to the fair.
“I strongly encourage all of the students and alumni who would like to attend to come see us in Career Services,” Randolph said. “We can help them get their resumes ready, practice their approach and discuss any other concerns or tips that might be helpful. I hope our students and alumni use the services that WVU-P provides to help them prepare for the job fair and beyond.”
With nearly 30 businesses signed up, each attendee will be provided with numerous opportunities to shine and begin their careers. The job fair will provide real-world experience and give people a chance to get to know employers. Not only can the job fair be beneficial for graduating students and alumni, but current students can benefit from the experience as well. Students who are still pursuing their degree can still attend the job fair, which in turn, can put into perspective how their degree will transfer into a new career.
For students and community members, registration is not required. However, it is strongly recommended that all who choose to come, arrive with plenty of resumes, confidence and dress for success.
“This event is open to the community and not just students. I really recommend researching the employers that will be there. That can be found at www.wvup.edu/jccfair. More employers will be added daily since registration is still open. Really understanding ahead of time who will be there will help job seekers be more prepared,” Randolph said.
Employers have the opportunity to register for the event until Friday, April 27. Niche Polymer, LLC, WesBanco Bank, Inc., Highmark Health and WV National Guard Family Programs are only four out of the dozens of businesses who are already registered to attend the event.
“I’d love to see over 50 employers there. I hope that this event is beneficial to both employers and job seekers. I would just love to see some great matches be made,” Randolph said.
The job fair is a free opportunity for students and community members to get to know potential employers and begin networking. From noon until 4 p.m., everyone is welcome to join the businesses to help kick start their careers. The fair is located at the Jackson County Armory in Millwood, W.Va.
“We are excited to be closer to our WVU-P Jackson County Center students,” Randolph said. “This event is open to all job seekers. We are very happy to be able to work with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to bring a job fair to the residents and businesses of that area.”