Greater Centralia Area Career Expo announced

June 8, 2021

As shared recently at a Press Conference held at the Centralia City Hall, this is not your average job fair. Mark your calendar and plan to attend The Centralia Regional Career Expo. The City of Centralia in conjunction with Castle Ridge, many regional employers, and a multitude of community resource providers are planning the Centralia Regional Career Expo. Whether hoping to find a job or trade, move to the next level in their career, or a start a business, job seekers will find hundreds of exciting opportunities at The Centralia Regional Career Expo. The employers participating are looking to fill hundreds of jobs. The Centralia Regional Career Expo will be held on August 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on August 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Castle Ridge located at 1750 Tee Lane in Centralia.

Centralia Mayor Bryan Kuder

“We know the pandemic has had a great impact on the hiring process and many Centralia area employers and job seekers are seeking an opportunity to utilize new methods of recruitment and career development,” Mayor Bryan Kuder said. “By supporting and hosting the Centralia Regional Career Expo, hiring managers from some of the best companies in the area will be there hoping to fill a variety of openings. They’ll be screening candidates and holding interviews, with some prepared to hire on the spot.” The Mayor also said, “This event provides an opportunity for individuals to explore open positions and to learn more about the employers, career opportunities, and the resources available to assist them in their job search or career exploration. The resources will include many opportunities to assist job seekers including career planning, job training, resume writing services, and even informational booths with helpful information about real estate, childcare, and transportation options.”

Centralia City Manager Forrest Langenfeld

“Attendees can meet and network with a broad range of potential employers and explore career options in a multitude of industries including Healthcare, Financial, Manufacturing, Education, Retail and Restaurant Industry,” said the City of Centralia’s City Manager, Forrest Langenfeld. He added, “This event not only supports our economy, but it also reduces the need for residents to commute long distances and work outside of the Centralia area. Whether hoping to find a fresh start, a better job, or a new career direction, job seekers will find a wealth of exciting opportunities included at this free event. This is a great opportunity to connect the workers in the region with employers looking to hire.”

Castle Ridge Director Greg Sutton

Greg Sutton, Director of Operations at Castle Ridge, has played a major role in each of the three previous Centralia job fairs and has been leading the steering committee for several months for this year’s Career Expo. Sutton said, “This is a special time for a career expo with most employers recovering from the pandemic and needing more than ever a capable work force.” The size of Castle Ridge Event Center will allow the Career Expo to not only have the employer booth spaces but also a separate space for on site job interviews for businesses that want and need to hire immediately. Also, having this Career Expo the same weekend as Balloon Fest, which attracts thousands of area visitors to Centralia and the area, helps both events grow even more.”

Damon Harbison, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital President said, “SSM Health is honored to be at the career expo this year; in fact, we look forward to the career fairs each year. It gives us a unique opportunity to get in front of more potential candidates for good paying jobs in the communities we serve. With the wide variety of positions the hospital has available, it is a great venue to connect with so many people.” There will be services, resources and tools to assist both job seekers and employers with the entire process of job searching, training, hiring and addressing other employment needs, such as housing, childcare and transportation. “The Centralia.Works website continues to have the available job openings online. Onsite at the Career Expo there will be assistance for job seekers including internet access for applying for jobs, an online resume gallery, and assistance with job searching and resume writing,” according to Economic Development Director Derek Sherman.
For more information, please visit the website at www.Centralia.Works or contact Derek Sherman at the City of Centralia at 618-533-7623.


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