ECC to sponsor job fair


By COREY DAVIS Staff Writer

Monday, March 20, 2017

Statistics from the N.C. Department of Commerce continue to show Edgecombe County as having one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

Edgecombe Community College is making an effort to help connect job seekers to employers with its upcoming annual job fair taking place from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the college’s Fleming Building Auditorum at the Tarboro campus. Teresa Bottoms, student counselor and recruiter for ECC, said more than 30 employers in the Twin Counties and a few from Wilson are expected to take part in the event.

The companies will range from manufacturers, health care, human services, communications and more, Bottoms added.

“We have employers looking to hire within the next few weeks, and candidates may receive on-the-spot interviews,” she said.

Bottoms urged people to dress in business professional attire.

“People should not wear jeans,” Bottoms said.

She also encourages local residents to bring resumes as the job fair will offer a resume review workshop for people interested in having someone look at their resume before giving it an employer.

“Going to the workshop will help people polish up their resumes and help them use those action words that are going to catch the employers’ attention,” Bottoms said.

In addition to the resume review workshop, ECC also will offer a workshop for people age 50 and above from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday.

“We know that’s kind of a tough market and when you’re at that age it’s kind of hard of getting back into the workforce,” Bottoms said. “This is going to give them some pointers on how to re-enter into the workforce.”

Bottoms acknowledged the job fair is an important and major event for the college and the community. Last year, the event drew around 300 people, and ECC is expecting the amount to be either the same or exceed that amount this year.

“It’s a good way for our employers to showcase their opportunities and give all our students and people in the community the chance to meet with those employers,” Bottoms said. “We’re hoping this is preparing our students for job requirements and starting careers. We have students graduating in May, and hopefully we have some of our students take advantage of this and find employment once they graduate.”