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Businesses to participate in Employment Day 2008

By Mike Wynn, The Winchester Sun
Courtesy of The Winchester Sun

Bring a resume and your game face on Feb. 28, because leaders in the local job market will be paying attention. Representatives from 27 local and regional businesses are participating in the Winchester-Clark County 2008 Employment Day - a chance for employers to explore the community's talent and for potential employees to make their mark with the people who matter most.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Conference Center, 1025 Early Drive.

Organizers say the event will benefit anyone looking for a job, whether it's the driven clutch players, the experienced administrators or the new market entrants hoping for that first big break.

"There is something for everyone, from warehouse workers to registered nurses," said Cindy Powe Juett, the regional recruitment specialist from the Bluegrass Area News Group, which is one of five organizations sponsoring Employment Day.

Businesses ranging from Wal-Mart to East Kentucky Power Cooperative will have booths to scout prospective hires, distribute company information, receive resumes, and possibly conduct on-the-spot interviews.

All of the local staffing agencies plan to attend, and experts will also be on hand to give employees tips on resumes and interviewing.

Organizers hope the event will raise awareness of the diverse opportunities in the local job market and bolster the ability of Winchester and Clark County residents to build careers without leaving the community. The Bluegrass Area News Group also plans to unveil a new tool at the event to help employers and employees network.

"Every one wants to do every thing they can to keep jobs and employees in Winchester," Juett said.

Other sponsors include the Winchester-Clark County Campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College, the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce, the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Development Authority and Clark County Community Education.

JoEllen Reed, community liaison for BCTC, said Employment Day is another way for the college to partner with the community.

"We're excited to have been asked to participate," she said. "This event supports the mission of BCTC, which in part is to sustain and strong partnership with the community to improve economic vitality and quality of life in the region."

Businesses scheduled to have a booth include: Adecco, Advanced Green Components, Ale-8 One Bottling Company, Bourbon Heights, CBS Personnel, Clark Energy Cooperative, Clark Regional Medical Center, Community Alternative KY-Winchester, Community Trust Bank, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, EDS, The Freeman Corporation, Gecom, JC Malone Associates, McDonald's, Peoples Exchange Bank, Samp;S Tire, Sekisui S-Lec America, Sid's Place, TI Automotive, Volt Services Group, Walle Corporation, Wal-Mart and the Winchester Adult Education Center.

For more information, call Kathie Adams, Winchester Sun sales assistant, at (859) 355-1239; Juett at (859) 355-1221; or Reed at (859) 737-3098, ext. 56594.