More than 500 jobs available at 'Caldwell is Hiring'

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 08:25 AM

As many as 1,000 people seeking jobs are expected to come Thursday afternoon to the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center to meet with 21 employers seeking to fill more than 550 jobs at the sixth "Caldwell is Hiring."

Furniture companies will have a strong presence as always at the event, but the newer industries and companies that have come into the area will be looking for new employees as well, including Google, Woodgrain Millwork, Bakers Waste Equipment, Bemis and Lubrimetal Corp., said Deborah Murray, executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. 

“We probably have a greater variety of jobs and skill requirements and pay scales than we’ve ever had before,” Murray said. “It just seems to be a very thorough, diverse group of just about every kind of job.

“You’d be really hard-pressed, no matter who you are, to show up to this event and not find work that you could apply for."

Jobs to be filled include production workers, quality control technicians, inventory control, market research, sales associates, maintenance upholsterers, registered nurses and concrete construction.

Thursday’s event will be a little different from previous ones, which started early in the morning. Thursday's runs from 3-6 p.m., a time chosen to allow people who are currently employed but seeking better jobs to come after work. Murray said that could draw people who haven’t been able to come in the past.

Also, job applicants will be asked to fill out an application for the N.C. Department of Commerce’s new NCWorks system, which stores job seekers' information so it can be searched and found by employers long after Caldwell is Hiring is over.

Employers at the event will hold on to resumes as well, and Murray said job seekers are encouraged to bring several dozen copies of their resumes to hand out for employers to keep on file for jobs that may become available in the future.

People who participated in the “Fast Track to Your Next Job” classes that Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and Caldwell County JobLink offered will get to meet with the employers starting at 2 p.m., before the doors open to the public at 3. The classes consist of “topics to get a person coming in off the street prepared to meet with an employer,” said Brandy Dunlap, director of job services at Caldwell Community College, adding that many of the students have never been on an interview and held the same job for decades.

Each student walks away from the class with a workable resume after learning job preparation skills such as resume writing, proper attire and interviewing, especially useful in a job-fair setting where employers see many applicants in a short time period.

“Fast Track” usually takes 12-16 hours to complete. This time about 40 people enrolled, but the class usually has closer to 100, Dunlap said.

Caldwell is Hiring will be 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, Lenoir.