The annual Cherokee Career Expo originally planned for Wednesday has been rescheduled for August after the novel coronavirus pandemic prompted a change.
Officials with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development said Monday the job fair will now be 2-6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton.
This year's event is the sixth Career Expo, which typically attracts more than 400 participants. The Career Expo has offered networking opportunities, resume review assistance, and career guidance to over 2,250 job seekers since the inaugural event in 2015, said Shawna Mercer, workforce/communications manager for COED.
The Cherokee Career Expo is part of COED’s “Forget the Commute” campaign, an initiative aimed at helping residents find a job close to home so they can spend more time doing the things they love, Mercer said.
In 2019, Cherokee earned the top spot as the fastest-growing county in metro Atlanta for the second consecutive year, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission. The Cherokee Career Expo takes advantage of this growth by connecting Cherokee’s companies with local talent and reducing Cherokee’s nearly 78 percent out-commute, Mercer said.
Last year, more than 8-in-10 of the 410 job seekers who attended the career expo were Cherokee County residents, many of whom currently commute and are looking for a job closer to home, Mercer said.
Woodstock-based International Marble Industries (IMI) hired its current vice president and Ball Ground resident Kathryn Perry in 2015 after connecting with her at the expo, Mercer said.
“The Cherokee Career Expo turned out to be the launching pad for my dream job,” Perry said. "Since then, we’ve hired several top-tier candidates at the expo, including our current industrial engineer and logistics coordinator.”
While the career fair is once a year, COED’s interactive careers page on cherokeega.org is a year-round resource to search for local jobs and to learn more about Cherokee-based companies. Since its launch, the page has received more 23,100 page views, Mercer said.
The annual career expo will also feature services for military personnel and their families. Hire Heroes USA, an organization dedicated to helping U.S. military members, veterans, and military spouses succeed in the civilian workforce, will be onsite to provide information about their free, personalized employment services, Mercer said.
“COED continues to make tremendous progress toward matching local talent with Cherokee’s world-class industries,” said Marshall Day, Chairman of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. “With careers ranging from corporate operations to advanced manufacturing, the Cherokee Career Expo offers something for everyone.”
For a full listing of job opportunities and participating companies, visit COED’s website at https://www.cherokeega.org/career-expo/.