Haywood Community College’s JobsNOW program announces a Reverse Job Fair on Thursday, November 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Student Services building, lower level lobby.

Employers for the Automotive, Green Building Construction and Health Care Professions are invited to meet and conduct mini-interviews with 20 accomplished students who have earned their certifications as Certified Green Building Specialists, Automotive Technicians, Nursing Assistants, Phlebotomists, and Medical Office Administrators.

In addition to their professional training and certifications, these students have earned Career Readiness Certificates (CRCs) to document their knowledge levels in Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. This CRC achievement is recognized nationally and many employers now require it before inviting job-seekers for an interview.

These graduates also complete skills training in communication, customer service, teamwork, positive problem-solving, conflict resolution, and listening.

Reverse Job Fair is a new way to match job-seekers to employers. These eager job-seekers will sit at individual tables displaying resumes, certifications, and letters of recommendation. Employers will then sit and talk with the job-seekers (in “reverse” from the traditional job fair format).

Governor Bev Purdue’s JobsNOW “12 in 6” initiative emphasizes helping people find jobs as well as train for jobs. JobsNOW is a partnership with Southwestern Workforce Development Board, NC Dept of Commerce, NC Workforce Development Board, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Employers who are seeking new employees that are skilled and knowledgeable in the field of “Green” Building Construction are invited to attend and get acquainted with students who have completed HCC’s Fundamentals of Green Building Construction. Many of these students are experienced construction workers.

 All employers in health care, automotive and construction are invited to attend. For more information, please call Rinda Green, HCC Director of Corporate and Community Education at 828-627-4243, or email rgreen@haywood.edu.