Sampson County Job Fair 2018

Sampson County 2018 Job Fair

The 3rd annual Sampson County Job Fair was held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, located at 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton.

The job fair provided those seeking employment — or those wishing to make a career change — access to many of Sampson County’s businesses and industries. Those entities were searching for “motivated and talented candidates in every discipline,” from hospitality and healthcare to finance, education, sales, agri-business, trucking, paramedics, manufacturing, agriculture, facility maintenance and more.

Approximately 20 local employers and employment resource organizations participated in this year’s event, open to all individuals actively seeking employment. The event was free.

“In addition to bringing together top employers from throughout Sampson County, resources were available for job seekers that could assist in their search for employment or with a possible career change,” stated Sandra Webster, director of the N.C. Works Career Center, located in Clinton.

New to this year’s job fair was the addition of the Sampson-Clinton Public Library System, which sponsored three 45-minute workshops for career-minded individuals who wished to enhance or hone their job-seeking skills. The workshop addressed: Job Applications “Do’s & Don’ts (What mistakes to avoid?); preparing for the interview; tips for a great interview; and following up after the interview. Other resources from the local library system and county agencies were also available for those seeking to advance their careers.

“Sampson County continues to provide resources and to respond to the needs of its existing industry and business community,” said John Swope, director of the Sampson County Economic Development Commission. “The job fair is one way the county can assist its residents and help to strengthen the local business community and the local economy.”

The fair, whose theme was “Cultivate Your Career,” was a partnership of the N.C. Works Career Center, Sampson County Economic Development Commission, Sampson County AgriExposition Center, Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce and the Triangle South Workforce Development Board.

“The event is a partnership of five organizations whose objective is to bring potential employees and employers together and to inform the community of the career opportunities that are available throughout Sampson County,” said Ray Jordan, executive director of the Sampson Expo Center.

In Sampson County, the N.C. Department of Commerce aids both employers as well as those seeking employment at its one-stop N.C. Works Career Center, located at 115 North Blvd., Clinton, where employment services are available throughout the year.

Courtesy of Sampson Independent Newspaper

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