LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Job seekers have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with potential employers at the Louisville Urban League's 10th Annual Community Career Expo Jeffersontown on Wednesday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the newly renovated Jeffersontown Community Center, located at 10617 Taylorsville Road. The expo targets adults who are 18 years of age or older, and admission is free.
This is the second career expo hosted by the Louisville Urban League this year. The local unemployment rate rose to 8.1% in May, up from 7.9% a month earlier. About 50,000 people remain unemployed in the metro area and high attendance is expected at the expo. A similar career expo in March attracted over 1,000 people in search of jobs. Local companies are hiring again and we anticipate many exhibitors to participate, recruiting for hundreds of available job openings.
"The need for jobs and employment remains high and the Career Expo provides a much needed service of connecting the unemployed and under-employed with available job opportunities," said Juanita F. Sands, Director of the Louisville Urban League's Center for Workforce Development.
So far, over 40 companies have signed-up to participate in the Jeffersontown expo. Some of the exhibiting companies are Kroger, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, LG&E KU, Norton Healthcare, UPS, KentuckyOne Health, Hall Contracting of KY, Sam Swope Auto Group and more. The expo will also showcase programs available at local educational institutions for increasing job skills.
"Many companies have great opportunities and are seeking qualified applicants," said Sands, who coordinates the Community Career Expo Jeffersontown. "The Expo provides them the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a large numbers of job seekers."
Participating businesses traditionally give the expo high marks for its steady flow of qualified and diverse applicants throughout the day.
For the job seekers, it is important to utilize this time effectively. Arriving professionally and conservatively dressed shows that you mean business. "Making a great first impression with potential employers is very important and shows that you are serious about your job search," said Sands. While most employers will refer the job seeker to an online application site, it is a good idea to have copies of your paper resume on hand if only to be on the safe side.
Children are not allowed and should not be brought to the Expo.
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