WNC’s largest annual job fair set for Jan. 7

Press release from the Asheville Area Chamber:

Asheville, N.C., December 30, 2014 – 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.

“In the past eight years, the Homecoming Job Fair has proven to be a successful regional collaboration to make the Asheville area a great place to live, build a career, and grow a business. As the largest recruitment event in Western North Carolina, we look forward to this opportunity to connect regional businesses to talent, to present our workforce to employment, and to promote the diversity of career opportunities in Asheville,” stated Ben Teague, Executive Director of the Economic Development Coalition.

The Economic Development Coalition is grateful to its generous sponsors and partners that provided support for the 9th Annual Homecoming Job Fair. Sponsors include The Omni Grove Park Inn, AARP, Another Broken Egg Café, Asheville Citizen-Times Publishing Company, Asheville Radio Group, Bojangles of WNC, LLC, iHeart Media, Duke Energy Progress, Friday Staffing Services, Massage Envy, Montreat College, North Carolina State University Extension Services, PLI, and Printville.

For additional job seeker resources, visit www.HomecomingJobFair.com.

Originally posted Dec 31, 2014 @ 11:43

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