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Workforce center to host Job Opportunity Bonanza

By ALLISON MILES
June 18, 2013 at 1:18 a.m.


If you go

• WHAT: Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent's Job Opportunity Bonanza

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

• WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday

• COST: Free

• For more information, call 361-578-0341, visit GCWorkforce.org or visit the center at 120 S. Main St.

BEFORE YOU GO

Planning to attend Thursday's Job Opportunity Bonanza or simply looking for a job in general? Henry Guajardo, executive director of Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent, offered a few helpful tips:

Register with WorkInTexas.com.

• It's the state's largest labor exchange database.

Complete online applications ahead of time.

• Many employers require an online application and completing it beforehand allows more time to visit at the job fair.

Go prepared.

• Know which employers you plan to speak with and the background about the positions and company. Polish your resume and have plenty of copies on hand.

Practice interview questions.

• Potential employers are likely to ask about your strengths and weaknesses, why you're interested in the company and so on.

Dress professionally.

• First impressions are important.

Crossroads residents looking for work and employers hoping to hire can come together under one roof Thursday.

Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent will host its Job Opportunity Bonanza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

About 60 employers from a variety of sectors, ranging from retail to hospitality and others will participate, said Henry Guajardo, the workforce center's executive director.

"It's open to all industries," he said. "There's something out there for everyone."

Thursday's fair allows potential applicants the chance to visit face to face with employers, he said, and some might hire on-site. A computer lab allows people to fill out online applications, he added, while a copy room will be available in case attendees need additional resume copies.

The workforce center staff will also be available to help if needed.

Guajardo said there is a pent-up demand for employment in the Crossroads, noting the center has about 1,450 job openings listed in its system now. That's a 27 percent increase since May 2011.

Last year's job fair drew 1,200 to 1,300 attendees, he said. And, although he didn't know exactly how many to expect Thursday, he said he hopes to either reach or exceed last year's numbers.

Guajardo encouraged job seekers to arrive at the event early and to preregister by filling out the form at GCWorkforce.org. Additional information, as well as tips for the job search, are available at the same site.

"We're hoping to have a successful job fair," he said.

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