Job seekers with a New Year’s resolution of advancing their career in 2015 can start with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Homecoming Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Presented by The Omni Grove Park Inn, the job fair will be held at the Davis Event Center at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher.
With nearly 100 employers and job seeker resources slated to attend, Western North Carolina’s largest annual job fair will showcase regional employment opportunities in growth industries, including advanced manufacturing, health services, technology, financial services, and hospitality.
New Belgium Brewing will kick off its Asheville hiring process at the Chamber’s job fair and will be hiring for about 50 positions throughout 2015 for its new brewery in West Asheville and its distribution center in Enka-Candler. Also new in 2015, Venture Asheville and a handful of high-growth tech and startup companies, including BuildFax, RISC Networks, Hot Wax and Trunk Media, will be represented and seeking talent to hire. For job listings, visit the job board at VentureAsheville.com.
In total, participating companies will be looking to fill an estimated 6,000 positions available in the region. Information on participating employers is currently listed online at www.HomecomingJobFair.com. Additionally, a mobile app will be available for download and use at the event to easily locate employers at their booth locations.
As an added benefit, the job fair will include career seminars sponsored by AARP for area job seekers at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. titled, “Life Reimagined for Work: Are you 40+ and wanting to find work or make a career change?” Job seekers are encouraged to bring resumes for distribution, as many employers will accept applications at the event.
Participating employers and job seeker resources include the following:
Advance Trucking Institute
American Security of Greenville
Army Strong Community Center
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community
College Asheville Savings Bank Avon Incorp.
Baldor Electric Company
Biltmore Farms Blue Ridge Community College Blue Ridge Metals Corp.
Bojangles of WNC
Carolina Information Technology Resource Corporation (CITRC)
Chimney Rock Management
City of Asheville
Comforce Staffing Services
Express Employment Professions
Friday Staffing Services
Golden Living – Asheville
Goodwill Industries NWNC
Hunter Automotive Group
Juice Plus+ Company
Land of Sky Toastmasters
Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville
Linamar North Carolina
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Mars Hill University
MB Haynes Corporation
Meet the Geeks
Mr. Rooter Plumbing
NC National Guard Family Programs
NCWorks Career Center
New Belgium Brewing
North Carolina Highway Patrol
Nuclear Fuel Services
Plasma Biological Services
RHA Health Services
Silver-Line Plastics Corporation
Sitel Operating Corporation
Smartrac Technology Fletcher
Sunshine Employment Resources
The Omni Grove Park Inn
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Trout Insurance Services
Turning Point Services
United Security Incorporated
Veteran Services of the Carolinas
Western Southern Life
Woodmen of the World Life Insurance
YMCA of WNC
Job Fairs are neither productive or results-oriented. Unless you like going home frustrated at feeling silly enough to attend.
If AVL is the “high tech” job center the Chamber claims it (and themselves) to be why is there not an online presence for folks to upload their resume (or fill out a standard application) that would be accessible to all these employers who claim to be hiring…seriously?