All this week the Winston-Salem Urban League and Forsyth Tech have brought students, workers looking for work, entrepreneurs, and even laid-off executives together for an educational event called “Claim Your Career Conference & Job Fair”. All of the training seminars and meetings lead to Friday’s Triad Job Fair where companies as diverse as BB&T, Modern Toyota, PepsiCo, Centerpoint Human Services, and the Community Arts Cafe will come together to talk to prospective employees about opportunities with their companies and organizations.
“It’s been a very informative program.” said Patricia Sadler of the W-S Urban League. 2012 with be the 19th year for the Triad Job Fair, Ms. Sadler told CCD, “Companies would normally come in for only one day, but we knew that people needed the training before they talked to employers.”
Over 150 attendees spent this week training to be able to capitalize on job opportunities at the Job Fair. They have learned skills ranging from resume writing, interview skills, to today’s seminar on dressing for success. When a job seeker completes this weeks seminars they will receive a job readiness certificate to attach to their resume when they give them to prospective employers.
Training was organized into three categories. There was General Track geared toward blue-collar jobs. Entrepreneurial Track for those seeking to start their own small business, and (Executive Track) Careers in Transition which was designed to help laid-off executives and white-collar workers re-brand themselves for a changing job marketplace.
Speakers included Mayor Allen Joines, Gayle Anderson president of the W-S Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Gary Green president of Forsyth Tech, Keith Grandberry president of the W-S Urban League, Darryl Little executive officer at Micro Enterprise, and Clinton Thomas from the Winston-Salem Housing Authority.
All of this leads to Friday’s Triad Job Fair at Forsyth Tech’s West Campus which is open to the public (even if you did not attend this week’s training) and will last from 10am to 3pm in the afternoon. Attendees are encouraged to come to the fair well groomed and not wearing blue jeans, t-shirts, or flip flops.