Meet local employers at Aiken Standard Career Expo

October 9, 2018

Finding a job or changing careers can be stressful and time consuming; however, the Aiken Standard’s upcoming Career Expo will help residents meet local employers ready to hire all in one place.

The Aiken Standard Career Expo will take place Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Newberry Hall in Aiken.

Newberry Hall is located at 117 Newberry Hall St. S.W., across from the Aiken Community Theatre in downtown Aiken.

The Career Expo will have a wide range of participants, with Aiken Staffing Associates as the presenting sponsor.

“Many employers seem to have a hard time attracting the best, most qualified applicants for their jobs,” said Diane Daniell, the sales and special projects manager for the Aiken Standard.

“The Aiken Standard Career Expo is a great way to target job seekers and help match up employers and employees in our market,” Daniell said.

This is the Aiken Standard’s second career fair, with the first being held earlier this year on Feb. 27.

“We had about 250 people come from all walks and stages of life,” said Lisa Glass, the Aiken Standard’s marketing and special events coordinator.

“Newberry Hall was full of people making great connections. We had about 30 employers there, and they all said it was one of the best career fairs they had participated in,” Glass said.

Glass said that the secret to the Aiken Standard’s success is its audience, and that they pay close attention to what the paper does and supports its events.

Several vendors are returning vendors from the Career Expo earlier this year, including Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Atlantic Broadband, and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, among others.

Aiken Staffing Associates is this year’s presenting sponsor.

Aiken Staffing’s, parent company, Job Shop Inc., is owned by Bonnie L. McCormick and Cyndi Kelly, who take pride in the fact that the company is 100 percent women-owned. Aiken Staffing opened its doors in 1985, with a sister wing of the company – Augusta Staffing – preceding it by only a few years.

“Aiken is one of a kind; everyone agrees it’s a world of its own. It’s very tight-knit, with many different markets,” said Robert Kelly, of Aiken Staffing.

Kelly said that Aiken needs an event like this so that people are able to actually get face-to-face with people who may be hiring them.

“Seventy-five percent of the jobs we place every day are permanent opportunities,” Kelly said.

Kelly also mentioned what he calls Aiken’s “hidden job market,” speaking of the problems job-seekers have finding a good match in an employer and vice versa.

“Most of the time, we have companies on standby,” Kelly said.

The Aiken Standard Career Expo is free to attend, and those interested are reminded to brings lots of resumes to share with prospective employers.

The Career Expo will have a wide range of participants including:

Aiken Personnel ServicesAiken RegionalAiken School of Cosmetology and BarberingAiken StandardAiken Technical CollegeAtlantic BroadbandDayBreak Adult CareEdgewater Technical AssociationEmerson/ASCO ValveE2 Consulting Engineers, Inc.Honda Cars of AikenManPowerPinnacle Specialty Group, Inc.Spherion Staffing, LLCSRNSTri-DevelopmentTroy UniversititesUS Fibers

Want to go?

WHAT: Aiken Standard Career Expo

WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9

WHERE: Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W.

COST: Admission is free

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