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Job fair to offer employment leads, resources

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

More than 200 positions are being advertised for the third annual City of McDonough Job Fair, according to the city's web site.

The job fair will be held on Friday, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at McDonough Presbyterian Church, located at 427 McGarity Road.

"For two years, based on information collected by the Georgia Department of Labor, over 1,000 job seekers have attended the fair," said Leslie Balog, assistant to McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland. "We expect similar numbers this year,"

One of the major participants in last year's fair was the eyewear company, Luxottica, said Casey Case, McDonough media relations spokesperson.

"We had a great response last year at the job fair," said Pyris Lemon, a senior recruiter for Luxottica's Atlanta Service Center in McDonough. "We still have several (more than 50) employees working for us that were sourced from the fair."

"The City of McDonough is truly a very special community and, if we can facilitate these kinds of opportunities and services to further enhance the quality of life, we are all committed to doing so," said McDonough City Administrator Billy Beckett.

There is no cost to attend the event, and registration is not required, said Balog.

The Atlanta Regional Commission's Mobile Career Resource Center bus will be on site, she added. The bus has 13 stations, to allow job seekers to perform various activities, such as online job searches, resume and cover letter development, and online tutorials, as well as individual assessments, and exploration of training eligibility and options, said Balog.

She added that representatives from the state Labor Department's Clayton County office are expected to be on hand, looking for applicants.

"Both the job seekers and company representatives benefit from the opportunity to speak face-to-face with each other, relative to employment opportunities," she said.

The annual event is a way for the city to reach out to try and help the unemployed, she added.

"As Mayor Copeland has shared before, a job fair may not be a typical type of activity offered by municipalities, especially those of our size, but the [city] council and our administrator, Mr. Billy Beckett, share my belief in small town values that push one to go the extra mile for our business community and citizens," Balog said.