How to interview at a job fair
Companies looking to fill more than 100 jobs are gathering May 9 in Rock Hill, in search of candidates.
Almost two dozen employers will participate in the York County Welcome Home Job Fair at York Technical College’s Baxter Hood Center. It’s sponsored by SC Works, America’s Job Center and York Tech.
Jobs available include: truck and transit bus drivers, welder, painter, water plant operator, business analyst, nurse, law enforcement and more.
Public and private employers at the event will include New Indy Containerboard, Performance Food Group, PCI Group, Williams & Fudge, York County Sheriff’s Office, Magnolia Manor, Visiting Angels, American Roller Company, Giti Tire, Nation Ford Chemical, Transaxle of America, Adecco, US Department of Census, Pharr Fibers & Yarns, Anderson Hydra Platform, 3D Systems, Lava USA, Performance Friction Corporation, Meritor Inc., York County Government and city of Rock Hill.
Free resume or interview skills help also will be available.
SC Works has offices in York, Lancaster and Chester counties. Job candidates can reach the York County office at 803-328-3881.
Veterans and anyone who completes an SC Works workshop can enter the fair early.
Applicants also can apply for jobs before the fair. Candidates should be prepared to interview at the event.
“With an unemployment rate of 3.2%, there are more than four job openings per job seeker in York County,” said Tyler Calloway with SC Works. “We’re expecting opportunities for on-the-spot interviews, so we do encourage all job seekers to dress appropriately and bring several copies of their resume.”
In March, almost 2.3 million state residents were employed. The number of unemployed also rose, as the state and its labor force grows, according to South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
“While the continued rise in the number of people working across South Carolina is encouraging, it also underscores the timely significance of collaboration with business and industry to maintain this positive progression,” said Jamie Suber, the office’s acting executive director.
In the last year, the state saw gains in manufacturing, trade, transportation, education, hospitality and government. There were decreases in construction, information and finance. The most recent state unemployment rate sat at 3.2%.
The York, Lancaster and Chester counties unemployment rate is at 3.5%. Almost 6,700 of the more than 190,000-person labor force is unemployed. Unemployment rates follow state and national trends downward since 2009. Industries employing the most people in the three-county region are manufacturing, retail, healthcare/social assistance and accommodation/food services.
A similar job fair is scheduled in July in Lancaster County at USC Lancaster.
Want to go?
York County Welcome Home Job Fair at York Technical College’s Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill is from 10 a.m. to noon, with workshop pass holders and veterans getting in an hour early. For more information, visit scworkscatawba.com.