In the first two hours of the city’s Career Fair, more than 100 people showed up looking for a change or just to see what businesses were hiring.
A steady flow of people walked through the Goldsboro Event Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, stopping by the different business representatives to talk, pick up information or fill out an application. Some brushed up on their job interview skills at a mock interview booth or had their resumes reviewed by a professional.
Douglas James stood at the Department of Public Safety table and filled out an application.
“I’m trying to find a new career,” he explained. “I had a steady job in Maryland for 10 years. Hopefully I’ll find something, a job or career. I’m just swinging on fences.”
James said he was impressed with the Career Fair.
“It’s well put together,” he said. “It’s organized, and everybody is friendly. It brings a lot of hope.”
Bernadette Dove, city of Goldsboro human relations director, said about 25 businesses were represented at the Career Fair to promote what they have to offer. The city holds career fairs every few years depending on the job market, she said.
Andre Clark was gathering some handouts at a booth.
“I’m looking for something maybe in management,” Clark said. “Basically, I’m looking for a salary, like a Waffle House manager. I like dealing with people, customer service.”
People visiting the Career Fair were handed a personal checklist they could take around with them that had the names of the businesses and allowed them to put down whether they were hiring or not.
A few of the businesses represented included the city of Goldsboro, Bay Valley Foods, Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority and Wayne UNC Health Care.
Patty Graham, community engagement director for United Way of Wayne County, said the nonprofit was there to demonstrate its website “Volunteer Wayne.”
“It’s a great way to build skills for people that are looking to transition to a new job or those who have jobs that need to be updated,” she said.
Graham was also sharing information about United Way’s 211 hotline that people can call to find services including food, housing, utility assistance, health care services, senior services, education and employment assistance.
People who stopped by Graham’s booth also received a prescription savings card.
“It’s a great way to save money, especially when you are job hunting,” she said. “You need to save every penny you can until you get established. That’s why we’re out here, to help them take that lead.”