Career Expo connects employers, job seekers

Posted November 13, 2013 8:44 a.m. EST
Updated November 13, 2013 1:16 p.m. EST

— Years after the official end of the most recent economic recession, thousands of people are still out of work. But that doesn't mean there are no jobs out there. A job fair planned in Raleigh Thursday aims to help match companies who need help with the right job seekers.

The Capital Area Career Expo is sponsored by and hosted by the Capital Area Workforce Development Board from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Carolina State University's McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St. in Raleigh.

"Things are moving in the right direction, but we're still challenged, because we still have a lot of people out of work in our region," said Pat Sturdivant, director of the workforce development board.

Among them is Troy Dolby. He returned to Raleigh after four years of contract work in Afghanistan and is a regular visitor at Raleigh's Capital Area Workforce Centers.

"I just started looking as soon as I came back," Dolby said. 

He has had a couple of interviews, but the job search can be frustrating. He'll be in attendance Thursday at the Career Expo, hoping to make a good impression on employers.

"It's a great place to actually put a name with a face and let people see who you are," he said.

Sturdivant says many job seekers are in their 40s and 50s, looking for work in what's supposed to be their prime earning years.

"At that age, they are competing with a lot of younger people, and they see that as a disadvantage," she said.

The facetime available at the Career Expo may help some overcome that disadvantage and make a true connection.