Community gets sold on Bartow graduates
by Mark Andrews
Jan 27, 2012 | 2094 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass High School seniors attending Image and Interview Day review their resumes and job applications before being interviewed, Tabitha Adcox, from left, Jasmine Phillips, Guadalupe Rangel, Pamela Jenkins and Jason McAlister.
Cass High School seniors attending Image and Interview Day review their resumes and job applications before being interviewed, Tabitha Adcox, from left, Jasmine Phillips, Guadalupe Rangel, Pamela Jenkins and Jason McAlister.
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In the movie “The Secret of My Success,” a young Michael J. Fox loses his job on his first day of work in the big city, later finding himself in the lowly position of mailroom clerk before finding an amusing way to make it to the top. On Thursday, local high school seniors learned how to help avoid future employment woes by engaging in mock interviews and conversation with local businesses during the first Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce’s Image and Interview day.

“The whole goal [of Image and Interview Day] is to provide career guidance and workforce guidance for students with some sort of annual event that involves the community and the classroom instruction as well to make it a real world experience,” said Cathy Myers, School Improvement Specialist for Northwest Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency.

She said Image and Interview Day is a signature event for Bartow seniors to expose them to the interviewing process.

Human resource personnel and volunteers worked with career, technical and agricultural seniors throughout the day at Woodland, Adairsville and Cass high schools. Students interviewed for entry-level positions they could obtain after graduation or after post-secondary education.

“We’re involving the classroom teachers and preparing the students and so the students will have resumes and job applications completed and [ have previously completed] the seminar on dressing for success,” Myers said.

She said the event covers many areas of the interview and job application process.

“We’ll also be doing a post-event seminar, whereby the students will be writing thank-you notes to the people who interviewed them, so we’re trying to do some preliminary instruction and also the simulation plus something as a closure piece,” Myers said. “I would say the most underrated and underutilized piece is to maintain that connection through the connection piece after the job interview.”

Volunteers for the event came from various business areas, including bank and finance.

“I think it’s just a wonderful opportunity,” said Northside Bank Vice President and Branch Manager Lydia Adcock, who visited Adairsville High School with four other volunteers. “So often, kids graduate from high school with no idea how to look for a job, and so that’s what we’re trying to show them through all of this.”

She said volunteers want students to have more of a real-world experience at the event, noting the volunteers cover areas like on-the-job training and professionalism.

“How they dress is one key thing,” Adcock said. “You don’t go looking for a professional job in blue jeans and tennis shoes.”

Myers said she appreciates Bartow businesses taking time to work with local schools to better the employment outlook for the county’s graduates.

“We’ve had a huge support base from the community that have volunteered at all three high schools,” she said.