The WNC Career Expo presented by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Area Workforce Development Board will hold a virtual hiring event April 14-16, with an additional in-person event from 11 am. to 6 p.m. April 15 at Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave in downtown Asheville.

The virtual career expo will feature a daily schedule of webinars with resources and information for career-seekers.

Employers in the sectors of advanced manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality and tourism, finance, skilled trades, tech/IT and more will be in attendance.

The in-person component will be held outdoors, with 40 employers in attendance.

No registration is required for job-seekers to attend. COVID-19 health protocols will be in place. Job-seekers will be required to wear face coverings and observe social distancing.

Create a Free Account to Participate Virtually

Job-seekers must create a free account at www.wnctalent.com to access the Virtual WNC Career Expo. Prior to the event, job-seekers can log in to access an interest finder, online learning courses, resume builder, career exploration videos, etc.

Through the free regional virtual career expo, job seekers can: learn about local employers, determine their best job fit, meet with employers live online via chat or email and attend live webinars.

Access to the event is from any device anywhere with internet service. Live chat times vary by employer.

WNC Career Expo Webinar Schedule

All sessions are available online for free through wnctalent.com.

Wednesday, April 14

• 9 a.m. — Keynote speaker

Personal Finance Coaching and Credit Restoration presented by Tiarra Wilkie, owner and founder, Groundbreaking Financial

Topic to include: The power and importance of having great credit. Tools needed to repair + build credit, while also implementing specific strategies that can be utilized immediately & throughout the process.

• 9:30 a.m. — Discussion

“Making a Great First Impression in an Interview”

When in the application and interview process of looking for a position, these first encounters are important to helping secure an offer of employment. In this discussion, participants will learn what a first impression is, why a good first impression is important, how first impressions affect you in the workplace and how to make a good first impression during an interview.

• 12:15 p.m. — Panel Discussion

“Landing Careers in Professional Services Industry in Asheville/WNC”

Hear from local professionals and entrepreneurs on industry trends and tips for how to find job openings and connect with employers in Finance, Marketing, Web Design, Accounting, etc.

Thursday, April 15

• 9 a.m. — Panel Discussion

“Fulfilling Opportunities and Careers in Modern Manufacturing

Manufacturing in the United States is changing rapidly. Today, organizations are leveraging disruptive technologies powered by data analytics, automation, and monitoring and communication at massive scale to drive performance improvement and cost savings. These digital solutions are shaping the world of manufacturing today creating an ‘Industry 4.0’ revolution. The result? Manufacturing facilities are attractive, safe, and innovative. Join a panel discussion with local manufacturers on exciting careers and opportunities in WNC.

• 9:30 a.m. — Panel Discussion

“Inclusive Hiring Partners: A Resource to Close the Opportunity Gap

Inclusive Hiring Partners are working to close the opportunity gap by connecting community service providers and job seekers to equitable career opportunities. We believe that economic mobility for all is possible and that those facing generational poverty, re-entry after incarceration, substance abuse, mental health challenges, or other obstacles shouldn’t fall between the gaps and be prey to the system. Join this panel to hear from employers about what inclusive hiring means to them and how you can take the next step to connect to high wage jobs with advancement opportunities.

• 12:15 p.m. — Keynote

“How to Stand out and Pitch Yourself” presented by Barrie Barton, owner and chief speaking coach, Stand and Deliver Asheville.

Barton’s goal is to empower, guide and inspire clients to reach their finest potential.

Friday, April 16

• 9 a.m. — Keynote

“Resources for Experienced Workers” presented by Alison Climo, Ph.D., coordinator, age-friendly Buncombe County.

Age-friendly Buncombe was established in 2017 when the county joined the World Health Organization and AARP’s Network of Age-friendly Communities. This action was a major step toward the aging plan goal of increasing the age-friendly capability of Buncombe County. Age-friendly Buncombe is a big tent, bringing together community collaborations, committees, and working groups committed to the following common agenda: Older Adults in Buncombe County are safe, well, and Eengaged in their community.

• 9:30 a.m. — Discussion

“Fulfilling Opportunities and Careers in Hospitality”

Jobs in hospitality and tourism in the local area have wages 12% higher than the North Carolina average. Many employers will help you get certificates or additional training to help advance your skills and your career along a well-defined career pathway. Join this panel discussion with local hospitality employers on what to expect in this field and how you can find meaningful work and advancement opportunities in WNC.

• 12:15 p.m. — Panel Discussion

“Fulfilling Opportunities and Careers in Healthcare”

Healthcare employment is available at many different settings, including hospitals, physician practices, public health, home health, long-term care and more. The demand for healthcare workers in our region is growing and a significant number of jobs are available in the healthcare industry. The average wage for healthcare jobs in the region exceeds the state average wage, and offers many opportunities for career advancement. In the healthcare industry, employees can move from one pathway to another as they advance from entry-level all the way to management.

There are a diverse range of job opportunities available from entry-level to advanced physician positions in nursing, diagnostic and technical fields, and administrative support.

For more information about the WNC Career Expo, visit www.WNCCareerExpo.com.

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