Suncoast Career Expo Set For April 1, Sarasota

The 2011 Suncoast Career Expo will be held on April 1st in Sarasota.

The event is hosted by the Suncoast Workforce in partnership with the  Sarasota Economic Development Council, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Florida.

"This is our largest expo of the year, we plan to have 80 employers in attendance," says Sally Hill of Suncoast Workforce. Employers attending the event include Bank of America, Bright Star Healthcare, Comcast, the Eaton Corporation, Hyatt Regency and several government entities.

Hill says that in addition to the career fair, there will be a guest speaker offering job search techniques including resume writing and networking. There will also be community-based organizations and educational institutions on hand.

"A typical job fair has employers that job seekers talk to, and that is it," Hill says. "At our job fair, we have value-added services, including career counselors and education professionals who can advise job seekers helping them find the right career fit."

For job seekers who know what job they are looking for, Hill advises that they be prepared to speak with employers.

"It is important that job seekers not only bring a recent copy of their resume with a distinct objective of the job they are looking for, but be able to articulate their experience as well," Hill says. "The more details a job seeker can provide, the better the employer can evaluate them as a candidate. "

There is no fee for either job seeker or employer to attend the Suncoast Workforce Expo, which will be held at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th Street E. in Sarasota. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and will close at 1 p.m.

Source: Sally Hill, Suncoast Workforce
Writer: Kimberly Patterson

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Kimberly Patterson is a news editor for 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.
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