Career fairs take shape in Cartersville Wednesday, Thursday
by Matt Shinall
Feb 05, 2013 | 1391 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County job seekers will have two opportunities this week to come face-to-face with employers, as Goodwill of North Georgia and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have organized local job fairs for Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday, Goodwill of North Georgia will play host to 10 employers, including Shaw Industries, Bojangles and Stake ‘n’ Shake. The Cartersville Goodwill Career Center, 929 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, is participating in the organization’s first multi-location, simultaneous job fair.

Job seekers in eight cities from Rome to Athens will meet with perspective employers ready to hire, with companies at the Cartersville event looking to fill positions for CDL drivers, food service, childcare teachers, warehouse positions, lawn care and automobile detailers.

“Each of our career centers holds regular job fairs, but this is the first time we’ve combined our efforts to create a single-day impact,” stated Elaine Armstrong, director of public relations, in a press release. “We know many people start the year looking for new job opportunities. This one-day event will allow us to help them connect with employers, while highlighting the myriad of resources each location offers every day.”

The Cartersville Goodwill job fair will take place Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m to noon.

On Thursday, a second job fair will be in Cartersville specifically tailored for veterans of the U.S. armed forces. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42 for a career fair open exclusively to military veterans, active-duty service members, National Guardsmen, Reserve forces and military spouses.

“We do fairs all over the country. We’ve done about 400 in the past two years, which have gotten over 14,000 vets and military spouses hired,” said Kim Morton, press assistant for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Cartersville is a fair that we are doing with the American Legion and they are a national partner of ours. They sometimes approach us and say, ‘We’ve got a population of veterans out here and businesses that need vets.’ And we will help them coordinate a fair in their area.

“About 25 employers [and] close to 100 job seekers have already pre-registered, but we do allow walk-ins and it’s free for both employers or job seekers to participate.”

The veterans career fair will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42, 1 Roosevelt St., Cartersville. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the National Chamber Foundation and Capital One, has committed to hiring 500,000 returning veterans through events, like Thursday’s career fair, by the end of 2014.

Companies present Thursday will include Aarons, AMLI Residential, Cobb County, Department of Veterans Affairs, Hewlett-Packard, Knight Transportation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, among others.

Job seekers may pre-register for free at, but walk-ins also will be welcome. All guests are asked to provide proof of service, including military ID or DD214.

Guests of either job fair are reminded to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of a current resume.