Ga. Dept of Labor and American Legion Post 77 in Conyers to host career expo

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Department of Labor's Covington Career Center and the American Legion will co-sponsor a career expo for veterans and other job seekers from 9 a.m. until noon on April 19. The event will be held at the American Legion Post No. 77, located at 674 Legion Road in Conyers.

"As more of our veterans end their terms of service, I want to ensure that we welcome them back home properly and that we acknowledge what they did for our country," said state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. "Although we are seeing signs of growth in the economy, it will still be awhile before we recover completely. The Georgia Department of Labor will continue to work hard, matching the unemployed with companies in a position to hire. This effort includes career expos, such as this one, that introduce veterans and potential employers."

Georgia Labor Department Communications Director Sam Hall said these veterans career expos which are held periodically by the GDOL have proven to be popular among both job seekers and employers.

"Employers hiring veterans know, generally speaking, they are going to have a job candidate who is going to have a good work ethic established over the years in the military," he said. "They know how to take directions; how to follow directions; and they know the meaning of fulfilling their mission successfully, which in this case it would be doing the job for the employer who hires them."

The expo will feature a number of employers, educational institutions and resource agencies that provide assistance to job seekers.

Hall said some employers will be hiring, while others will be discussing possible future employment opportunities with the job seekers. Other organizations will be providing educational and other resources.

"Some people will walk away with a job," he said. "But normally, it's the introduction phase. Job seekers will see if a company has an opening they are interested in and employers will have the opportunity to meet people who attend. They usually make an appointment for a follow-up interview."

He said applicants should bring plenty of resumes and be prepared to fill out company applications and to interview for available job openings, including part-time, full-time, entry-level, supervisory and management positions.

Hall also pointed out that if an applicant does not have an up-to-date resume, he or she can go to the Covington Career Center at 7249 Industrial Blvd., Covington and receive assistance with creating a resume. The center's phone number is 770-784-2455.

He said it is especially important for applicants to dress appropriately.

"Remember the first impression you make on an employer is a lasting impression," he said, adding that applicants should also be able to tell employers what their strengths are and why they would be a good employee in a brief and concise manner.

Those expected to participate in the expo include: AFLAC, Alori Cares, Apollo Staffing, Delta Air Lines, DeVry University, Excel Logistics, Georgia Army National Guard, Lowe's, Manpower, Nisshinbo Automotive, Partnership for Community, RMDS/GPC Company and Simos Insourcing Solutions.

For more information about the career fair, contact Willard Johnson at the Covington Career Center at 770-784-2455 or email Williardjohnson@dol.state.ga.us.