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The Times Leader Career Fair

Employment vendors:

1. 109th Field Artillery Battalion

2. Fortis Institute, Forty Fort Campus

3. Golden Technologies Inc.

4. Integrity Staffing Solutions

5. Children's Behavioral Health Services

6. Cumulus Radio Group

7. Helpmates Inc.*

8. Prudential

9. Intermetro Industries

10. New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton

11. Jack Williams Tire and Auto Service Centers*

12. Mature Workers Program for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties

13. Benton Foundry Inc.*


15. Fanelli Bros. Trucking

16. TJ Maxx Distribution Center

17. ALDI Inc.*

18. PA Career Link

19. Belrick Corporation*

20. Adecco

21. Navient*

22. Mid-Atlantic Youth Services

23. Web.com

24. Cintas Corporation*

25. First Financial Group

26. McCann School of Business and Technology

27. Metz Culinary Management*

28. System One Services *

29. TMG Health

30. Power Rail Distribution Corporation Center *

31. RCN Telecom Services

32. Luzerne County Head Start

33. Bennett Infiniti of Wilkes-Barre

34. Lord & Taylor

35. Liberty Tax Service

36. Martz Trailways

37. GWC Warranty

38. Luzerne County Office of Human Resources

39. Step By Step

40. Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

41. AIG Financial 


* signify new business vendors

WILKES-BARRE — Area companies will be highlighting employment opportunities and collect information on job candidates for future recruitment during The Times Leader September Career Fair.
The Times Leader Career Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 9, in the 1st Battalion 109th Field Artillery Regiment, Wilkes-Barre. The Times Leader holds two job fairs a year, one in March and in September.
This season's fair will consist of 31 companies, including 10 of whom have never been at the career fair before, said Linda Byrnes, Times Leader event organizer. Space is still available for more vendors, interested companies should call Caitlin Akins at 570-704-3977.
“Usually we have about 30 business vendors for the September career fair and 40 for March,” Byrnes said.
Attendance by job hunters has always been very good, she said.
With so many attendees, setting yourself apart from the competition takes time and preparation. Carol Bosack, director of career services with Wilkes University, has worked with several recruiters over the years and has some tips to help job candidates make the most of the job fair.
It is important to know recruiters will meet many people during the course of a job fair, so to set yourself apart from the crowd, Bosak advises candidates to take the time and research targeted companies first. This knowledge will make a potential employee stand out when talking with an employer.
Have copies of a resume ready to hand out. Byrnes said many companies will be prepared to conduct on-the-spot interviews.
Resumes should be no longer than one page, if candidates are inexperienced, while more experience job hunters can have a two-page resume, Bosack said.
“Just be sure to highlight accomplishments,” Bosack said.
Some companies will have applications to fill out. Byrnes advises candidates to have an outline of their employment history to aid in filling out applications timely.
Both Byrnes and Bosack advise job seekers to take the time to create a positive image.
This means no jeans or leisure wear, sneakers, or revealing clothing, Bosack said. The first impression with a recruiter should be a professional one. Many companies are conservative so piercings and tattoos should be covered.
In her experience with working with recruiters on the university level, she found many do not like it when potential employees wear strong perfume or smell like cigarette smoke.
“It is the little things that make a positive impression,” Bosack said. “Men, for example should make sure their fingernails are clean and trimmed for hand shakes.”

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