The Flint & Genesee Group, in partnership with the City of Flint and the Fenton & Linden Regional Chamber of Commerce, is excited to host the first-ever Genesee County Career Expo on Sept. 16 at the Dort Financial Center.
The list of area businesses registered to recruit staff at the event continues to expand, but to-date includes 30 companies with a total of 650 job openings. The industries represent a cross-section of our business community, including healthcare, manufacturing, education, hospitality, and business and professional services. Many of the positions have an average hourly rate of $14-$15 an hour, but some have annual salaries between $40,000 and $50,000.
Currently, there are about 15,000 unemployed people in Genesee County. The Career Expo is a great opportunity for individuals looking to re-enter the job market as well as for those interested in changing careers.
In preparation for meeting with recruiters, here are a few tips to help make your attendance a productive experience and potentially set you on your way toward landing that new job:
Do your homework
Check out the list of companies registered for the Career Expo at flintandgenesee.org/jobfair. Take note of the companies you are interested in and check their websites to see if they are advertising any jobs. If you see a job you like, prepare for it like any other interview, because you could meet the hiring manager that day.
Bring resumes and a copies of any relevant licenses or certifications you may have that are applicable to the job you are pursuing.
Treat the Career Expo like a job interview
The companies registered are attending to find new employees. So, treat the event like a job interview from the moment you walk through the door.
The Career Expo runs from 1-5 p.m. If possible, get to the Dort Financial Center early enough for you to review the site and locate the employers you wish to visit. It also will give you time to relax and freshen up before meeting with recruiters.
Dress to impress
As the saying goes, dress for the job want. While there are exceptions – for instance, no one expects a person looking for a career in healthcare to come dressed in scrubs – first impressions matter.
Prepare your elevator pitch
Practice how you intend to present
yourself to interviewers. Rehearse a short summary of who you are, your skills and why you want that job or to work for that company.
Interviewers, whether in a traditional office setting or at a career fair, look for enthusiasm. The Genesee County Career Expo is an open door to the many career opportunities available in our community. Step through and find that one that’s right for you.
Lastly, you don’t have to go it alone. Resource partners will be present to offer services or promote different services available to help address any barriers job seekers may be facing. A local barbershop will be providing free haircuts and a consignment shop will have interview attire on hand. There will also be COVID vaccinations will also be available.
We look forward to seeing you on Sept.16 at the Dort Financial Center.
In addition, there is still room for employers to recruit at the Expo. Company representatives can register at flintandgenesee.org/careerexpo by Sept. 10.
Kristina Johnston is the chief operating officer of the Flint & Genesee Group.