Next 'Caldwell is Hiring' will be in afternoon

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 06:38 PM

The hours for the next “Caldwell is Hiring” job fair are shifting to give some opportunity to a different group: people who already have jobs.

The first six “Caldwell is Hiring” events were open primarily in the morning, and that prompted some feedback from people who said they had a job but would like the chance to find a better one – but couldn’t take a morning off work to do it, said Deborah Murray, executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission.

So the seventh “Caldwell is Hiring” will be open to the public 3-6 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civil Center in Lenoir.

“It’s been very well received by employers,” Murray said.

Though the event is nearly a month away, eight employers already have signed up, she said. “We’ve never had eight employers, weeks out.”

At the “Caldwell is Hiring” in April, 23 employers came, hoping to fill about 700 jobs. But two weeks before the event, only 16 were signed up.

Since the first “Caldwell is Hiring” in December 2010, the events have provided more than 4,500 people with a chance to meet with employers, fill out applications and leave resumes. The EDC hosts the event along with Caldwell County Job Link and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

Participants in a series of classes called “Fast Track to Your Next Job” get help preparing and get tips on such things as presenting themselves in interviews, and they get an opportunity to meet with the employers outside of the hours that are open to the public. For more information, contact the Career Planning and Placement Center at 759-4680 or the N.C. Division of Workplace Solutions at 757-5622.