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Job fair planned for McDonough this month

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowksi@henryherald.com

The City of McDonough is trying to do its part to match up job seekers with potential employers.

According to Leslie Balog, assistant to McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland, the city's Second Annual Job Fair is scheduled for Oct. 23, in the Shiloh Baptist Church education center, at 253 Macon Street, just off the McDonough Square.

Balog said that, during the event, which will run from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., the Atlanta Regional Commission's (ARC) Mobile Career Resource Center bus will be on site. The bus has 13 stations, she said, which will allow visitors to conduct online job searches, take online tutorials and individual assessments, and draft resumes and cover letters.

This year's job fair will be hosted by the City of McDonough and the ARC, and McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland expressed strong support for the event.

"After the tremendous response to the first job fair the city hosted in 2008, I'm proud that we are able to have this event for a second year," he said. "To date, almost 30 companies have registered, and a wide variety of well over 200 positions will be open for application by participants."

The event is a good way to help area job seekers in their search for employment, he said. "The city council and [City Manager] Billy Beckett share my belief in small town values that push one to go the extra mile for our citizens," added Copeland.

Balog said more than 25 companies will participate in the job fair. Some of the local employers include the Henry County police and fire departments, the Henry County school system, and Henry Medical Center (HMC).

Stacey Scarbrough, a nurse recruiter for HMC, said she participated in last year's job fair. The hospital decided to take part once again, said Scarbrough, due to last year's success. "There was an overwhelming response from the community," she said. "We got some good leads last year."

The leads HMC received, she added, included applicants who submitted resumes and were interested in working for the hospital. This year, Scarbrough said, the hospital is looking to fill nursing, allied health, and support service positions.

From an employer's standpoint, she emphasized the importance of stepping up to the plate and advertising jobs, in light of the unemployment rate.

"When we employ people from the county, they have a vested interest in the community," she said. Applicants coming from other areas to attend the McDonough job fair will also be considered, she said.

According to Balog, some of the other companies participating in the job fair include: J.C. Penney, American Family Life Insurance, DeVry University, Norfolk Southern, Toys R Us, Georgia Crown Distributing, and Tupperware.

For more information, call (770) 957-3915, or e-mail bcopeland@mcdonough-ga.gov.