Goodwill job fair held at Inlet Square Mall

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Anita Crone/For Inlet Outlook Gabe Gill talks with volunteer Dick Fremberg during the job fair.

Hopes and fulfillment opportunities met March 13 at Inlet Square Mall’s center court.

About 200 people seeking employment attended the Goodwill Industries-sponsored job fair that attracted employers from throughout the Grand Strand.

“We’re trying to bring people who are unemployed and underemployed together with 21 businesses seeking employees,” said Rick Shelley, vice president of mission services for Palmetto Goodwill, which sponsored the event, one of a number of job fairs in the Grand Strand, a hub of seasonal employment for the hospitality industry.

To that end, Goodwill also offered help with resume writing, hints on interviewing and even ideas on how to dress appropriately — even on a budget. The organization offers the assistance year round through its joblink services.

Victoria Huggins, a Coastal Carolina graduate with an advanced degree, approached the Admiral’s Quarters table, where Cindy Tuttle was accepting applications for seasonal workers and maybe more.

“We don’t let inexperience stop us,” Tuttle said, adding that the resort and its sister companies were looking to fill at least 100 seasonal positions by midsummer. “We consider each application.”

Seriously looking for a diverse field of candidates, Jeanine Powalie of Blue Cross Blue Shield of S.C. was optimistic about finding staff for customer service positions. As the job seekers tried to sell themselves, Powalie and the others were trying to sell their companies.

Gabe Gill, who has a business management degree from Coastal Carolina, was listening intently as volunteer Dick Fremberg put him through a mock initial job interview.

“Tell me about yourself,” Fremberg said to Gill, who like many interviewees seemed a bit nervous.

“Be prepared,” Fremberg said.

“Before you interview, know the company, tailor your responses — and your resume — to the position and the company.”

Fremberg said too many job seekers fail the question about goals — where the candidate wants to be in five years.

“Make your answer about the company and your place in it,” he said.

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