Job fair, networking event highlight Goodwill Week
by Jessica Loeding
May 04, 2014 | 2075 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Goodwill of North Georgia will recognize Goodwill Week this week with several events, including a networking event and a job fair in Cartersville.

Held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Goodwill Career Center, the Speed Networking Event is open to community partners and employees for networking and lunch. That will be followed by a job fair on Wednesday.

“During our Speed Networking events we invite area employers and partners to our career centers to meet one another and expand their own networks. Based on the concept of speed dating, in a short amount of time attendees will have the opportunity to collect enough information to follow up with those they’ve made a professional connection with,” said Goodwill of North Georgia Director of Public Relations Elaine Armstrong. “Our job fairs are open to anyone looking for work. On Wednesday, job seekers will have the opportunity to meet hiring employers face-to-face. For the businesses, we are giving them to chance to meet their hiring needs.”

Last year, the nonprofit helped more than 11,000 people find employment through the variety of job training programs and employment services it offers, according to a press release.

Since 1951, Goodwill has marked the first full week of May as Goodwill Industries Week, a commemoration that celebrates new jobs and changed lives. From May 59, Goodwill of North Georgia will host a variety of events, including job fairs in nine locations, a donor recognition day and a workshop and gift card drawings for shoppers.

“Since it’s inception in the early 1950s, Goodwill Week has served as a way for Goodwills across the nation to thank supporters and highlight programs and services. We use these few days in May to put emphasis on sharing the Goodwill story in a variety of ways whether it’s recognizing donors as they drop off items, or sharing Goodwill trivia on social media, or hosting multi-location job fairs,” Armstrong said.

Goodwill funds its career centers by selling donations of gently used clothing and household goods in 47 stores. Equipped with computers, résumé-writing tools, local job postings, photocopiers, telephones and other resources, the career centers are free and open to the public. Goodwill also provides recruitment fair space, interview rooms and other services for local employers.

“Goodwill makes a significant positive impact on the communities we serve. We offer a convenient way for donors to give new life to items they no longer need or want. With each donation we collect, we’re helping divert items which may have ended up in area landfills,” Armstrong said. “Through our stores we offer a unique shopping experience where customers can find clothing, books, furniture and other household items at bargain prices. Each donor and shopper we serve is helping to provide funding to the career centers as well as a host of additional job training programs.”

Job fair attendees should arrive in professional interview attire and bring several copies of their résumés. A list of confirmed employers (by location) is posted online at http://goodwillng.org/About-Us/News.aspx. For more information or to register for the Multi-Employer Job Fair and/or Speed Networking Lunch, contact James Benham at jbenham@ging.org or 770-276-7036.