Streetsboro -- Looking for a new job close to home?
The Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce may have a solution: The first annual Employment Expo, set for March 20 at Streetsboro High School from 5-7:30 p.m.
The event is free to all job-seekers. It will feature 30 to 40 employers seeking local workers in non-profit agencies, industrial businesses, office jobs and more.
"The event focuses on connecting businesses with qualified job candidates while eliminating some of the typical challenges faced by the current employment market," said Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heidi Inzerillo. "By partnering with the city of Streetsboro and supporting sponsors, the Chamber has anticipated the need for an event like the employment expo and has also gained considerable insight into the unique needs of local businesses and the general public. Having many employers and prospective employees under one roof has the potential to save everyone time, energy and money. There is no doubt that this event will be a benefit to everyone."
The Chamber is anticipating several hundred job seekers will take advantage of the event.
The event's main sponsor is Step2 Co. Additional companies sponsoring the event include Delta Systems Inc., Portage Development Board, ComDoc, L'Oreal USA and Record Publishing Co., which publishes the Streetsboro Gateway News and Record-Courier newspapers.
"The 2013 Streetsboro Chamber Employment Expo is set to be a truly exciting event," said Mayor Glenn Broska. "This year's Expo is sure to evidence the power of cooperation between our Chamber, local agencies and business partners. Through support and teamwork we are offering a prime local opportunity for both job-seekers and employers to showcase their skills and advertise their businesses."
For additional information, call Inzerillo at 330-626-4769.
Tips for job seekers
Step2 human resources team members Kimberly Stavropulos and Tiffany Streby said job seekers should try to make the best first impression:
Be positive. If unhappy with a current employer, don't broadcast that fact. Avoid appearing negative.
Be prepared. Bring multiple current copies of a resume. Updates to the resume shouldn't be handwritten. Take the time to update your resume and present a professional product. Be ready to answer standard questions such as, "Why are you looking to leave your job?" or "Why did you leave your last job?"
Be professional. Remember you are looking for a job and a prospective employer wants to see you at your best. You don't need to wear a suit and tie, just look like you took some time with your appearance.
Be assertive. You may be nervous, but approach the employer representative and initiate a conversation.
Be gracious. Often employers will offer a token of appreciation such as a pen or stress ball for those who speak with them. Don't be afraid to accept the item and offer a smile.
Be mindful. Consider other attendees. You want face time, but you don't want to be remembered as the one who wouldn't go away.
Be yourself. Employers like to see your true personality shine through.