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Chamber Convenes Partners for First Ever C.E.O. Job Fair

Job Fair is step in building workforce continuum

Published Friday, April 15, 2016 1:00 pm
Working to bolster the talent pipeline in South Central Kentucky, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is leading a collaboration among local workforce partners Western Kentucky University, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, Audubon Area Community Services Bowling Green Independent Schools, Warren County Public Schools, the Kentucky Career Center and Goodwill Job Junction to bring The Career Exploration and Opportunity (C.E.O.) Job Fair to Bowling Green's Carroll Knicely Conference Center from 12 to 3 pm on Thursday, April the 28th.
 
The C.E.O. Job Fair is unique because of the emphasis being placed on recruiting unemployed and underemployed millenials to attend. The C.E.O. Job Fair will be an annual event and is the first in a series of similar monthly events coordinated through the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
 
"The 18 to 34-year-old population is the fastest growing age group in South Central Kentucky and we want to make sure we are capturing their attention as the future of our workforce," stated Ron Bunch, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bowling Green Chamber. Bunch went on to say, "The kind of collaboration that exists between the organizations working to hold this event is a powerful tool for our community and will hopefully serve to address our talent needs. As partner relationships progress, so will the connections between employers and job seekers."
 
All employers attending the event are hiring and will be providing information and answering questions about employment opportunities within their companies.
 
Prior to the Job Fair, a preparation workshop for job seekers will be held on April 20th and will include information about job fair etiquette, proper interview techniques and refining your resume. Anyone attending the workshop will be eligible for the Job Fair's VIP Fast Pass.
 
A VIP Fast Pass will give job seekers access to an exclusive networking hour with employers before the doors open, a chance to win great prizes and access to a photographer for professional headshots to use on social media sites such as LinkedIn. The Fast Pass will only be issued to job seekers that pre-register online through the Chamber's website, provide a current resume and attend the Job Fair preparation workshop on April 20th.
 
"We are especially excited to be involved in this job fair because it directly connects our students with employers in a way that helps them understand just how quickly the real world is coming toward them and that their upcoming decisions will lay the foundation for their future quality of life," said Bowling Green High School College/Career Readiness Coach Destiny O'Rourke. "The C.E.O Job Fair exposes us as a school to long-term relationship building opportunities with the heart of business in our community. We see college and military recruiters in our hallways often, and I'm looking forward to seeing even more of a business partner presence because of events like this."
 
"The Goodwill Job Junction Program is delighted to be a part of the C.E.O. Job Fair. Several organizations have come together under one umbrella to provide a needed service to our job seekers and businesses alike.  Being able to collaborate and pool resources creates an important synergy among partners and a better result for all involved.  Employers in Warren County are desperate for an ongoing pool of strong candidates, and we look forward to growing this event and continuing to provide a well trained pool of candidates for our local businesses as they continue to grow," shared Workforce Development Manager, T.J. Shockley-Hunt.
 
The Chamber has been a leader in convening partners to develop talent initiatives from the earliest opportunity in elementary school to postsecondary education and initiatives for incumbent workers. The Chamber's involvement in implementing programs such as FranklinCovey's The Leader in Me (TLIM) leadership training, the Work Ethic Seal program, Ford Next Generation Learning Career Academies and invaluable training through the Training Consortium of South Central Kentucky and the South Central Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center is evidence of the Chamber's commitment to developing a talent continuum in South Central Kentucky. The annual C.E.O. Job Fair is a valuable addition made possible by the Chamber and our workforce partners.
 
For more information and to register, please visit www.bgchamber.com or contact Camille Padilla, Project Director/ResCare at the Bowling Green Chamber, 270-901-4617 or camille@bgchamber.com.
 
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About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
 
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,200 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region. Learn more about South Central Kentucky's advantages at www.southcentralky.com.