More than 400 job seekers converged with 35 employers at the SVCC Regional Job Fair held at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia recently with a positive outcome. Some attendees were hired on the spot at the event sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development, Student Development Services, Crater Business Services Team, WYTT and First Media Radio.
“It’s always rewarding to be able to provide something tangible and practical to potential candidates, regardless of where they end up ultimately working,” said Matthew Stewart, a senior staffing specialist at Dominion. “Advice as simple as customizing one’s resume for the respective job a candidate is interested in can make all the difference between a recruiter glancing at a resume, versus making it to a phone screening or interview. Not only did we get a chance to meet some wonderful people, we were also able to impart some helpful knowledge. There was a good turnout from the community and the students, and we were glad to be a part of it.”
“It was wonderful! I spoke to several applicants who all had very positive things to say about the Job Fair. I spoke with more than half of the Employers and every one of them said they would come back in the spring. SVCC especially impressed me with the degree of preparation; Separate tables set up for applicants to fill out applications, places for impromptu interviews, etc. SVEC/SVCC did great work for our community and for the people we serve, said John Holtkamp, Director LISW-S, ACSW, Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services.
“Representatives from First Citizens Bank’s Recruiting and Human Resources Department and I agree our participation in the SVCC Job Fair was time well spent,” said Cindy Thomas, area executive for First Citizens Bank. “The event was very well organized and attendance far exceeded our expectations. The communication from SVCC before the event was timely and often, keeping this a “top-of-mind” event for us and I expect for those planning to attend as well. The luncheon and presentation for the vendors before the Job Fair was informative and provided time for networking with the other vendors. It was a successful event, and First Citizens would not hesitate to participate again the future.”
A similar event was held in Alberta at the Christanna Campus of SVCC with 300 attendees. There are plans to offer another job fair event in Emporia also, said Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at SVCC.