Centerville Skilled Together Job Fair

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On March 22nd IowaWORKS Southern Iowa will be partnering with Centerville High School and local employers to create an event for the students of the High School to learn about the hard and soft skills required for different careers.  After that plan, we are happy to invite the public to come together to attend the Skilled Together Job Fair in the High School Gym from 3:15-5:15 p.m.!

Vendors Currently Registered for the Job Fair:

  • Bellevue University
  • C&C Machining
  • Centerville Fire Department
  • Cunningham
  • DES Employment Group
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • Harold Dickey Transport Inc.
  • Honey Creek Resort
  • Indian Hills Community College
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 13 / Southeast Iowa Electrical Apprenticeship
  • Iowa National Guard
  • Kelly Services
  • Krazy Connie’s Landing
  • Lee Container
  • Midwest Medical Transport
  • Ottumwa Job Corps
  • Proteus
  • Relco Locomotives
  • Sinclair Tractor
  • Vermeer
  • Winger

Employer Panel: Job Fair Edition

September Employer Panel - IowaWORKS-Southern Iowa Blog

The Appanoose County Job Fair is next Tuesday the 22nd of September from 4-6 at the National Guard Armory. We gave you our advice earlier this week on how to prepare, present yourself, and follow up at a job fair, but we don’t want you to just take our word for it, so we sought out the opinion of Appanoose County employers who have attended job fairs to give their advice on going to a job fair. We spoke with two manufacturers and two retailers in Centerville to get their advice

IowaWORKS: What should I wear to the job fair?

Manufacturer #1: Nice shirt (no t-shirts with offensive writing, etc.) and a nice pair of jeans or pants (no sweatpants or jeans with holes) if you are looking for general laborer, factory type positions. Any job search for an office type position merits dress clothes that would be appropriate for the particular job you are searching for.

Manufacturer #2: Business Casual

Retailer #1: Clean clothes that are not just appropriate for the job you are seeking, but – better. No hats, no flip flops, no torn clothes.

Retailer #2: Wear attire similar to or that fits the business you are applying for. Be clean, personal appearance is important to us and our customers. Shaved, showered, fresh breath, with a clean, neat appearance is always welcomed.

IowaWORKS: What should I bring with me when coming to the job fair?

Manufacturer #1: Resume and a letter stating your qualifications is always nice. It is your personality and the impression you make at your introduction though that makes the employer flag a particular resume to do a call-back on. Are you confident in how you handle yourself?

Manufacturer #2: A resume, if possible.

Retailer #1: 1) Resume 2) An attitude and personal presence that says “I am reliable, hire me.”

Retailer#2: Pen/pencil, notepad, resume, a friendly smile and a helpful attitude are a plus.

IowaWORKS: What should I be prepared to talk about with the employers that are in attendance?

Manufacturer #1: What they do at their particular business, what a typical day is like, what is expected out of their employees.

Manufacturer #2: Positions open and if I fit with the qualifications of the open positions.

Retailer #1: Skills, especially if you have special or technical skills and work history.

Retailer #2: Availability, jobs you are interested in, any conflicts in schedule.

IowaWORKS: How should I follow up with employers once the job fair is over?

Manufacturer #1: Call them once a week if employer is okay with that… too many follow-up phone calls are annoying and can work in reverse for the job seeker.

Manufacturer #2: Email or stop in and complete an application.

Retailer #1: Call to follow up and ask status of application 3-5 days after job fair.

Retailer #2: A few days later a pleasant phone call may jog a memory in your favor.

IowaWORKS: Do you have any tips for someone attending their first job fair?

Manufacturer #1: If you come with a spouse, it looks as if you aren’t capable of searching for a job yourself and you need to have someone holding your hand at all times, which isn’t a good sign of an independent worker who doesn’t require to be supervised at all times. It also makes it look like you’re only there because your significant other is making you go. Be confident. Don’t act like each table you stop at is an obligation, but rather act as if you are choosing to stop at that particular table because you are genuinely interested in the business as a potential employer.

Manufacturer #2: Relax, introduce yourself to the employer, if you don’t know what the employer produces, ask the employer to explain. Share your past experiences with employer to gauge if you are qualified/interested in the open positions.

Retailer #1: 1) Arrive early. 2) Talk to every employer – you never know what their needs are unless you ask.

Retailer #2: Put your best foot forward. Show interest in the people you speak with. Make eye contact, use a firm handshake, and remember your manners.

Centerville Job Fair Resource Page

Appanoose County Job Fair Resource Page - IowaWORKS-Southern Iowa Blog

Below is the current list of employers for the Centerville Job Fair scheduled on 9/22/15.  Included is a link to their corporate website and Facebook page if available so you can research the company.  This list is current as of 9/17/15.

The Job Fair is on Tuesday, September 22nd from 4 – 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Centerville.

Additional Resources:

How to Succeed at a Job Fair

Employer Panel: Job Fair Edition

QPS Employment Group  Apps-Home-iconFacebook Link 

* Administrative Assistant
* CNC Machinist
* Data Entry
* Line Operator
* Maintenance
* Production
* Quality Control
* Machine Operator
* Order Picker
* Warehouse

Bemis Co.  Apps-Home-icon

*Machine Operator
*Purchasing Agent
* Finishing Supervisor

Pete Harkness Chevrolet Buick Apps-Home-icon Facebook Link

* Service Technician
* Sales

US Bank Apps-Home-iconFacebook Link

* Sales & Service Coordinator
* Universal Banker
* Part Time Teller

Honey Creek Resort State ParkApps-Home-icon Facebook Link

* Lifeguards
* Guest Service Representative
* Cooks
* Restaurant Servers
* Bartenders
* Bussers
* Room/Cottage Attendants

Lee Container Apps-Home-icon

* Techs
* Line Operator
* Fork Lift Operators

Your Square Deal Furniture & Appliances Apps-Home-iconFacebook Link

* Sales Associate – Part Time
* Delivery Tech – Part Time
* Service/Installation Tech

Deano’s Complete Automotive  Apps-Home-iconFacebook Link

* Mechanic (auto & light trucks)
* Auto Body Tech
* Auto Detailer/Custodian – Part Time

Curious Kids Childcare Apps-Home-iconFacebook Link

* Before & After School Aide – Part Time
* Preschool Aide – Part Time

Hillphoenix SpecialtyApps-Home-icon

*  Sheet Metal – 1st, 2nd & 3rd shifts
* Warehouse/Crating

Wal-Mart   Apps-Home-iconFacebook Link 

Hy-Vee Apps-Home-iconFacebook Link