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Job Fair set for Thursday at Columbus Convention & Trade Center

From car dealers and chicken plants to hospitals and police departments, a job fair set for Thursday at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center is shaping up to be a major draw for those seeking a new career.

More than 40 companies, colleges and support agencies are scheduled to be on hand for the 9 a.m.-2 p.m. event that is being sponsored by Clear Channel Radio. The Georgia Department of Labor is helping with the fair, in its ninth year.

The job fair comes with the Columbus metro area unemployment rate hitting 8.9 percent in December, up slightly from the month before. Georgia’s rate is 9.7 percent.

Some companies attending the fair next week will be hiring, the labor department said, while others will simply be networking with job seekers for future openings.

The best strategy, according to the department, is to bring plenty of resumes and be ready to conduct on-the-spot interviews and fill out applications.

It also doesn’t hurt to dress for success.

Here are the businesses and other entities scheduled to be at the fair:

Aaron’s Sales and Lease

Accounting Principals

Aflac

Afni

Alabama Department of Labor

Alatrade Foods

Carl Gregory Enterprises

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Civilian Personnel Office (Fort Benning)

Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Columbus Fire and Medical Services

Columbus Police Department

Columbus Technical College

Columbus Water Works

Georgia Driving Academy

Georgia Military College

Global Diagnostic Services

Global Personnel Services

Go Small Biz

Golden’s Foundry and Machine Co.

Gwinnett County Police Department

Iljin Alabama

Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital

L-3 Display Systems

Miller-Motte Technical College

RLM Communications

Schlumberger

Snyder’s Lance

Staffing Connections

Strayer University

The Hughston Clinic

TIC Federal Credit Union

TSYS (Total System Services)

Troy University

University of Phoenix

Virginia College

Walden University

WellCare of Georgia

Wells Fargo Bank

West Central Georgia Regional Hospital

FOR MORE INFORMATION

The job fair scheduled 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday is at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Ave. Free parking should be available in an adjoining parking deck, although attendees often park on the street near the center. But check any parking signs and be wary of time limits to avoid tickets. For more information, contact the Georgia Department of Labor's Columbus Career Center at 706-649-7423.

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