Economic growth is expected to remain at a low ebb for 2013. According to the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the U.S. economy will expand by a mere 2.1 percent this year. Those with jobs will see their paychecks diminish from burgeoning tax increases. The NABE says the number of workers without a job will remain high, around 7.7 percent. Whether you’re a seasoned professional making a career transition or a college graduate, these five Charlotte job-seeker resources will give your job search a boost:
UNC Charlotte Education Career Fair
Student Activity Center
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Hours: Feb. 22 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The UNC Charlotte Education Career Fair is for applicants seeking full-time teaching positions and other education jobs. Last year, this event attracted over 500 students and UNC alumni, though this fair is open to the public. Arrive early, as many employers will leave the fair once their goals are achieved. Meet with representatives from school districts and other organizations. Here are a few tips for working a job fair:
- Practice professional communications
- Know your career goals, and communicate with clear articulation
- Tailor your resume for positions that interest you
- Prior to the fair, obtain a list of employers and research the organizations
- Carry resumes in a professional portfolio
- Prepare a 30-second sales pitch
- Obtain business cards from recruiters
Charlotte Chamber Of Commerce
330 South Tryon St. L12
Charlotte, NC 28202
Price: $75 three-month job-seeker package
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in uptown offers a career center and job-seeker support. The package allows job seekers to post a resume in the resume bank. It also offers access to the job board and the social networking group. The chamber offers detailed research and data on Charlotte’s economic profile, employment trends, manufacturing firms and more. There are 273 Fortune 500 firms in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Find out more about them in the chamber’s business profiles. The organization provides educational resources for small and large firms, networking experiences and business seminars.
Charlotte Bridge Home
1512 E 4th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Charlotte Bridge Home has an online resource clearinghouse. It provides an access point identifying support and services for returning veterans and their families making the transition into civilian life. Charlotte-Mecklenburg is a growing hub for veterans, with over 50,000. One of the critical issues facing these veterans is finding employment. CBH offers an extensive online data base featuring local, state and national organizations creating jobs for military veterans and their spouses. It offers assistance in applying for VA benefits, securing education with GI Bill benefits and much more. Since its inception in 2011, it has helped over 200 veterans and their families.
1401 W Morehead St.
Charlotte, NC 28208
The Charlotte Works website features four main areas: refresh your resume, land an interview, develop your brand and build your network. It has links for job seekers and employers. The company provides data on career opportunities within the healthcare and energy industries, besides others. It offers free resources to the job seeker, like coaching, workshops and networking opportunities. The company’s mission is to connect the Charlotte-area workforce with employers. Access to any of these resources requires answering a few questions and signing up for a Charlotte Works orientation session. Throughout Charlotte, there are 20 shared network access centers located in faith-based organizations and local neighborhoods to reach the job seeker.
Central Piedmont Community College Career Fair
The Grady Cole Center
310 N. Kings Drive
Charlotte, NC 28204
Hours: March 7 – 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The CPCC Career Fair is open to students, graduates and the general public. The Grady Cole Center is adjacent to the uptown CPCC campus. Free parking is available at student deck three on the corner of Charlottetown Ave. and E. 7th Street. Remember to dress professionally. Practice and perfect interviewing skills before the event. Call the campus to acquire the list of companies represented at the fair. Research the companies prior to the event.
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