ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said today that the Georgia Department of Labor and WTVC NewsChannel 9 will co-sponsor the North Georgia Career Expo and Job Fair Thursday, Nov. 19. The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, in Dalton. The event is expected to attract 60 employers with job openings.

“We are pleased to partner with WTVC NewsChannel 9 to bring this opportunity to job seekers and employers in the Dalton area,” said Commissioner Thurmond. “North Georgia Career Expo and Job Fair is an important step in laying the foundation for a return to economic growth and prosperity in our state. I encourage job seekers to attend and take full advantage of the resources that will be available.”

Mike Costa, general manager of WTVC NewsChannel 9, said, “We’re excited about co-sponsoring this career expo and job fair with the Georgia Department of Labor. We have a long-standing commitment to our community and its economic well-being that includes helping to connect job seekers with employers. This event exemplifies our commitment to helping people find good, stable employment.”

Employers expected to participate include: 2 Work, LLC, AFLAC, Alpha Healthcare/Alpha Nursing Services, American General Life and Accident Insurance Company, Amerigroup Community Care, Arbonne, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Arden International, Convergys, Employment Seeker, GEAR Grass Roots, Georgia Department of Labor Human Resources, Golden Living Center of Rome-Health and Rehab Center, Hamilton Health Care System, Hutcheson Medical Center, Identity Theft Business Solutions (IDTBS), Images 2 Health, Juice Plus, Juice Plus-NSA, Kool Smiles, Mandura, Mercy Senior Care, Midlantic Communications Group, LLC, Mohawk Industries, Now and Forever Your Franchise Resource, Pampered Chef, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Powerconnects, Inc., Prepaid Legal Services, Primary Healthcare Center, PrimeCare Nursing Services, Inc., Primerica Financial Services, Quality Staffing, Roehl Transport, Inc., Rome Police Department, Rome Radio Partners, Roosevelt Warm Springs Center for Rehabilitation, Second Chance Placement Services, Shaw Industries, T-Mobile, Temporary Resource Personnel, Tupperware, Wachovia Bank, Waggoners Trucking, and several military and governmental agencies.

In addition to employers with jobs to fill, the event will feature approximately 20 resource and community service providers. Among them will be two-and-four-year public and private educational institutions and technical colleges whose representatives will provide information about education and training opportunities.

Job seekers should bring information on their work history, updated resumes, be prepared to fill out company applications, and dress appropriately to interview for current job openings. Job seekers will have access to computers that can be used for online job search and resume preparation. Those needing a new resume will be able to consult one-on-one with certified resume advisors and print copies of the resume.

A series of workshops will be presented throughout the event on such topics as how to make informed career decisions and how to better handle personal finances after a job loss. And, assistive technology will be provided and extensive information will be available from certified vocational counselors to help people with disabilities succeed in the workplace.