Community Career Fair gives personal quality to hiring process

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A long row of employers were on site at Wallace on Thursday (Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Wallace State’s Center for Career and Workforce Development partnered with Cullman Economic Development Agency Thursday to sponsor a Community Career Fair held at The Active Adult Center (formerly the Donald E. Green Senior Center). The fair gave potential employees the chance to speak with employers and learn about their business while giving employers a face-to-face meet with those delivering resumes.

Career fairs are ideal for finding employees in a short time or for employers to have files on hand when they are needed. Most employers present at the fair had several open positions to fill and the event allows them to get to know potential job candidates at a more personal level. Many businesses who had recruited at career fairs before said that the opportunity was beneficial to the hiring process.

Sonic Recruiting Director Terri Findlay said that she appreciates the effort put in when someone makes an in-person appearance at a career fair. “I don’t know if you can tell what kind of worker they will be; however, it does tell you that they put forth a little more effort. If they take the time to dress-up and show up promptly on time, then they really want it.”

Donna Lann, owner of Guthrie’s said that first impressions are very important to her. “Just to have that one-on-one contact to make a connection would be great.” After restaurants opened back up during the pandemic, she said they were going to open their lobby, but realized they didn’t have the employees. They have been open now for about three weeks and are trying to get as many applications as possible.

Several employers were grateful for the opportunity to recruit in-person. Laura Townsend with Cracker Barrel stated, “We are talking to every single person that walks in the building with an application or that files it online because we need help. We are getting to our busiest time of the year right now and we are still probably 15-20 employees down.”

For any employers who managed to meet with a job seeker who seemed to meet their standards, there were rooms available for on-site interviews so employers could be hired the same day.

Other employers registered at the event included:

  • North Alabama Fabricating Co. (NAFCO)
  • LP Building Solutions
  • HomTex, Inc.
  • Jack’s Family Restaurants, LP
  • Chick-fil-A Cullman
  • Cardington Yutaka Technologies – Alabama
  • USA Healthcare – Alabama, LLC
  • Huntsville Police Department
  • USA Healthcare Falkville
  • Huntsville Police Communications
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Virgil B Fowler Insurance Agency
  • Marshall Hospitality
  • CCCDD Inc.
  • Cullman Army Recruiting
  • Action Environmental

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