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March 22, 2013

Job and Career Forum targets unemployment issues

MILLEDGEVILLE —  

This Saturday’s fourth annual Job and Career Forum hosted in Georgia College’s Arts and Sciences Building runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Event organizers Quentin and Latonya Howell’s goals include retraining hundreds and helping people connect with employers.

“Hopefully, some will get on the road to employment that day,” Quentin said. “That’s the goal to continue fighting the unemployment war.”

The free event includes representatives from a record number of Middle Georgia business participants including auto parts stores, fast food restaurants, manufacturers, office supply stores and care facilities to name a few. Local correctional center representatives will also attend.

Some companies like Hope Network are looking to hire. Employer participants must take applications to set up a booth.

Connecting employers and applicants is a large part of the forum. Quentin said an average of 50 to 100 people gain employment the day of or in the near future after the empowering event.

“We ask people to come ready to interview,” he said. “They will hopefully leave with the tools to get interviews later. The primary goal is making people more employable and re-educating them.”

Latonya said the first forum focused on basic classes detailing the proper way to interview or commence the job search. As small business owners, the couple noticed there are a large number of people who don’t know how to look for a job or ideal interview etiquette.

“You’d be surprised that a lot of people just don’t know. We saw that other business owners were having the same problems with trying to hire people,” Latonya said. “That’s why we started it. Each year we add something different.”

Last year’s addition was mock interviews. Constructive criticism allows businesses owners to let hopefuls know what raises their employment desirability. 

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