Job fair in New Bern looks to fill gaps and match job seekers with employers

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – More than 50 businesses gathered at the New Bern Convention Center Tuesday morning

The goal was to hire local people to fill local positions.

“We’re a local company and we’re always wanting to hire folks that are local,” explained James Garner, the Director of Human Resources for Minges Bottling Co.

Nearly 500 job fair goers had the option to apply to more than 150 jobs at Tuesday’s Craven Works job fair

“We have many employers that are growing, many employers that need to fill positions and so we’re really eager to have those job seekers come out and see if some of these positions can be filled, but also connecting them to the resources we have in the county to help those folks find the jobs that they need,” said Director of Craven 100 Alliance Timothy Downs.

Employers say keeping jobs in the community will benefit the local economy

“We want to be active and engaged in the economic development of our franchise territory right here in eastern North Carolina,” Garner added.

The event was open to everyone, from young students to retired veterans and even those looking to return to the workforce after time off.

“I came out here today to try to find a different career or another path just so I can have another credential under my belt,” explained Quandre Bryant, a student at Craven Community College.

“I’m open to really anything, I would like to get back into the construction force but if there’s a sales opening that’s something I would definitely be willing to take,” said veteran Benjamin Roy.

“I love to work, I enjoy working, it makes me feel good so I want to get back into the field,” said June Kammer.

Craven Community College staff was at the fair to help people improve resumes, gather information on associate’s degrees and get certifications in technical jobs. The event marked the first job fair in years for folks living in Craven County and Downs said he’s hopeful for more opportunities in the future.

A job fair hosted by another organization will also be held in Jacksonville next Tuesday.

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