By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Edinburg city leaders are hoping to attract from 800 to 1,000 area residents for the Edinburg Job and Resource Fair scheduled for Thursday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.
The Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance is located at 118 Paseo del Prado, which intersects with South McColl Road near the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance campuses in southwest Edinburg.
The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, is sponsoring the event.
The EEDC will have banners and flags along South McColl Road to provide easy directions to the job fair site.
There is no fee for residents to attend the daylong event, but they are encouraged to bring an adequate number of résumés since up to 30 major area employers are anticipated to participate in the job fair, which is a quarterly event for the EEDC.
“In addition to providing a pro-business, low-tax environment to help keep and attract employers to our community, the Edinburg City Council, in partnership with the EEDC, does whatever it takes to help promote a strong and vibrant economy in our community,” said Mayor Richard García. “According to the EEDC, employers are looking to feature as many as 700 job vacancies – and possibly more – that are currently available.”
Among the employers confirmed to be represented at the job fair are: AFLAC; Austin Personnel; City of Edinburg; Doctors Hospital at Rennaissance; Edinburg Police Department; Edinburg Regional Medical Center; Express Professionals; Green Mountain Energy; IBC Bank; Just Energy; Khan’s Grill; Mama Grande Tortillas; Mary Kay, Inc.; New York Life; Region One Education Service Center; Select Staff; Stripes Convenience Stores; Texas Tropical Health Center; Texas Workforce Commission; The University of Texas-Pan American Small Business Development Center; Thirsty Bronc Bar & Grill; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and World Financial Group.
There was no fee for employers to meet prospective employees at the event, said Leticia Reyes, EEDC’s Project Manager. The EEDC was providing each participating employer with a six-foot-long table with black linen and two chairs for their representatives.
Employers may also call Reyes at 383-7124 to get more information about future job fairs, including the next EEDC event that will be held in October.
For those looking for new or different employment, the June 21 Edinburg Job and Resource Fair will provide them the opportunity to submit their résumé to one, some, or all of the employers, as well as to fill out applications, Reyes said. In addition to making personal contact with local employers, some of the applicants could wind up being interviewed on the spot.
Prospective employees also will be able to benefit from services at the job fair to be provided by the University of Texas-Pan American.
Two 30-minute seminars on how to best prepare résumés and two 30-minute seminars on how to best prepare for job interviews will be presented by Geri Escobar with North Hidalgo Workforce Solutions in Edinburg.
The résumé workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The job interview workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
A fashion show to demonstrate proper work attire for women will be conducted at the job fair from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m.
The fashion show, coordinated by the Missy’s Modeling Studio and the EEDC, will feature models wearing clothes, loaned by The Dress Barn and Bealls, that are appropriate for professional work environments.
A fashion show for men is also being planned for the event.
The résumé and job interview workshops and fashion shows will be free to all residents.
UTPA’s Small Business Development Center also will share information about its Entrepreneurship Training Project (ETP), which provides in-depth, business training for individuals adversely affected by the national economic downturn, especially those that are unemployed. It works alongside the SBDC, which provides business counseling to ETP attendees after they have completed the comprehensive preparation for entrepreneurship.
“The first impression a person makes on a potential employer is the most important one,” Reyes said. “The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why it’s always important to dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual.”
In general, the dress code for men should include a buttoned down shirt and tie and slacks or jeans, but refrain from wearing shorts or sandals, she recommend. For women, they should wear a dress or pantsuit, but not wear shorts, tank tops, or flip-flops.”
In advance of the job fair, the EEDC has been providing on its Facebook (www.facebook.com/edinburgedc) the job descriptions or the links to the companies for their job descriptions. Reyes said this would allow residents to review the job vacancies ahead-of-time, and in many cases, download and fill out those applications so they can be dropped off at the job fair.
“In the case of the U.S. Border Patrol, they have a deadline of Friday, June 22 – the day after the EEDC job fair – to receive applications for their positions, so filling them out ahead-of-time is very important in their case,” Reyes noted.
For residents who do not have access to the Internet, Reyes said they may also call her at 383-7124 and she would provide the name and business phone number of the contact persons who will be representing their respective firm at the job fair. This information will allow an individual to make direct contact to find out, ahead of the June 21 event, about the job vacancies that are available.
The event also will have other benefits, including allowing more area residents to get an intimate look at the city’s latest economic development bonanza, the $9 million, 38,000-square-foot Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.
“For many residents, the job fair will for the first time showcase this tremendous facility, which is a privately-owned component of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance,” the mayor said. “This is the state-of-the-art conference center that enriches the medical community and the city at large with its auditorium and multi-purpose rooms,” García said.
The city government has access to the conference center as a result of a $2 million investment it made into the construction of the facility several years ago. The city government is guaranteed a certain number of events each year that it can hold in the complex, which has ample parking and security for major gatherings such as the EEDC jobs fair.
“In addition, our community reaps other financial benefits, such as the estimated $244,000 paid every year by DHR to the respective tax bases of the city and county,” García noted.
The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Dr. Glenn Martínez as Vice-President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, Felipe García and Jaime A. Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on towww.EdbgCityLimits.com
EEDC sponsoring major job fair on June 21.
Key business, city, and economic development leaders on Wednesday, June 13, finalized plans for the Edinburg Job and Resource Fair, an event that could attract 800 to 1,000 area residents, set for Thursday, June 21 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. As many as 30 area businesses shall be taking applications for up to 700 job vacancies. The event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. The Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance is located at 118 Paseo del Prado, which intersects with South McColl Road near the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance campuses in southwest Edinburg. The job fair is being coordinated by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council Featured, from left: Geri Escobar, North Hidalgo Workforce Solutions; Eliza Pérez, Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance; Nelda Ramírez, Executive Director, EEDC; Leticia Reyes, Project Manger; EEDC; Letty Leija, Library Director, Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library; Missy Vargas, Missy’s Modeling Studio; Norma Pérez, Library Assistant III, Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library; and José Tamez, Assistant Library Director, Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library. Residents may call the EEDC at 383-7124 for additional information on the job fair.