Over 50 job seekers had the opportunity to make connections with local employers at an October 7 Career Fair hosted by Rappahannock Community College’s Workforce Development Office at the college’s Kilmarnock site. The all-day event drew attendees from throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Among the participating employers were AmeriCare Plus, Bay Aging, CDS Tractor Trailer Training, the Center for Innovation and Development, Potomac Supply, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, Riverside Health System, Two Rivers Communications, Virginia Health Services, Visiting Angels, WestRock, and the Kilmarnock Inn.
The employers’ survey provided the comments “Good applicant interest with great quality of applicants” and “Encourage high school students that come through to have as many mini-interviews as possible, to practice those skills”; and remarked the easy access to “applicants that may not have found us ordinarily.”
Asked what they liked best about the Fair, job seekers remarked that it was convenient, with a friendly atmosphere and helpful staff, and made the application process easy. They also cited the chance to “see how many opportunities there are around this area.”
For those who did not feel quite ready for an interview, career coaches stood ready to help with interview practice, résumé reviews, social media tips, and other issues. In addition, a representative of SCORE (a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring small business owners nationwide) offered free counseling for those wishing to start a small business.
The Career Fair is an annual event. Until its next occurrence, students, alumni, and community residents can use the career services portal https://www.rappahannock.edu/workforce/careers/ to find career advice and view job postings from local employers.