Summer job fair for students to be held

Students still in town for spring break this week can get a head start on their summer job search.

The Georgia Department of Labor's DeKalb Career Center is sponsoring a youth job fair in Lithonia on Thursday.

The Summer Youth Job Fair 2008 is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 6400 Woodrow Road in Lithonia.

Students ages 16 to 20 years old are invited to attend.

"This event marks the 10th year that the DeKalb Career Center has sponsored the annual youth job fair for students in the area," said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond in a press release from the GaDOL. "This job fair is designed to bring employers and organizations in the area together with the youth who are looking for jobs or career guidance."

Last year, about 1,000 youth attended the event, with about 10 percent getting a summer job from the fair, according Sheila Hightower, manager of the DeKalb Career Center.

"I encourage the employers and youth in the area to participate again this year, so that this event will be just as successful as all the others have been," Thurmond said. "Job seekers will receive cutting edge information on job search, career planning and other valuable services to help them reach their full workplace potential."

So far, nearly two dozen employers and educators from DeKalb, Rockdale and other metro Atlanta areas have signed up to attend this year's event. They include AMC Stonecrest 16, Aramark, City of Atlanta, Georgia Department of Revenue, Georgia Perimeter College, H&R Block, McDonald's, SixFlags/Whitewater and Wamu Bank, among others.

"The job fair is expected to feature employers that will be hiring to fill current job openings," according to the press release. "In addition, other employers will be discussing future employment opportunities with the job seekers, while other organizations will be providing educational and other resources."

Hightower said employers will have both full- and part-time summer jobs available at the fair.

"Experience is not required for these jobs, though it is helpful if the youth have experience," she said.

The GaDOL suggests attendees dress professionally, bring plenty of copies of their resumes and be prepared to fill out applications.

Those interested in the event can find a list of employers attending the event, as well as more information, at www.dol.state.ga.us or by calling the DeKalb Career Center at 404-298-3970.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

What: Georgia Department of Labor's Summer Youth Job Fair 2008

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia

More information: www.dol.state.ga.us or 404-298-3970