Job fair, career clothing giveaway planned

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Shameeka Archer, of Wilson, a job-seeker at the Greater Wilson Job Fair held at the Wilson County Agricultural Center in May 2018, listens to details about open positions from Priscilla Sutton of the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Drew C. Wilson | Times file photo
Shameeka Archer, of Wilson, a job-seeker at the Greater Wilson Job Fair held at the Wilson County Agricultural Center in May 2018, listens to details about open positions from Priscilla Sutton of the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Drew C. Wilson | Times file photo

The time is now to find a job or pursue a new career, and several organizations are working to help Wilsonians do just that.

The Rose Resource Center at the Original Rose of Sharon Church Ministries near historic downtown Wilson is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at 300C Broad St. and everyone is welcome. Event coordinator Katrina Carmon said 13 companies will be on site as well as several agencies representing numerous businesses.

“We’ve added someone from the cosmetology world. There will be entrepreneurship opportunities and companies hiring for customer service positions,” Carmon said. “We also have unemployment agencies hiring for clerical, retail and manufacturing positions.”

All attendees should come dressed for success with updated resumes and a positive attitude.

“When you go to a job fair, I’d suggest going up to a table and introducing yourself, but don’t immediately tell them what you can do,” she said. “Ask them about the company, find out about the openings and their expectations. If the company sounds like a good fit, present your resume and expand on your skills and qualifications that you can bring to the company. Highlight what makes you unique and why you’d be the best candidate for the position they are hiring.”

She suggested asking the recruiter about how to follow up on the opportunity. There will be a private space for employers to conduct interviews, so Carmon said she’s optimistic some attendees could leave the event with a job offer. For more information about the job fair, contact Carmon at 252-341-3659.

For Wilsonians who are preparing for the job hunt, Wilson Community College is putting together the second Shop for Success event that doles out free business attire to those in need. The event on April 2 is open to anyone, but to prepare for it, the college is accepting donations through March 29 of gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women. Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building F at the college or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spreading Seeds.

During the first Shop for Success in 2018, the event was held outside, but this year it has been moved inside the Frank L. Eagles building with bathrooms available for attendees to try on items.

“The weather last year was beautiful, but we’ve moved it inside this year,” said career counselor Melody Parker-Eatmon. “Clothing can shrink in the wash, so the tag might say size 6, but it might be closer to a size 4 now.”

There will be a representative from Walmart to check measurements and make sure the length on men’s jackets are OK. Parker-Eatmon advised attendees to be aware of clashing colors or getting items that are inappropriate for the workplace such as skirts that are too short or jewelry that is too flashy.

“We’ve gotten feedback from employers about what can ruin an applicant’s chances, so we want to make sure our patrons don’t make those same mistakes,” she said.

Parker-Eatmon said finding an outfit that makes an applicant feel confident is essential, but making sure clothing is clean and pressed conveys a lot to a potential employer as well.

The shopping event is limited to Wilson Community College students with ID from 11 a.m. to noon, but from noon to 2 p.m., everyone is welcome. And new this year is a class for the public about what to do once you get to a career fair with presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Parker-Eatmon said she’s happy to be able to provide assistance for unemployed Wilsonians as well as those looking for a new career. Her own mother’s struggle to find a new job after being laid off after 28 years is in the back of her mind every day as she works with the community.

“That moment was an eye-opener for me because so many people had worked there for 20 or 30 years and they had no backup plan,” she said. “I’ve always aspired to make sure everyone is prepared for what could happen next. It warms my heart when I see the smiles on people’s face as they walk away from this event with something they feel confident in that helps them improve their future.”

For more information on how to donate or about Shop for Success, call 252-246-1435.


After more than a month of wowing customers with a new take on Carolina Cheese Co., the Brentwood restaurant has officially started dinner service. Co-owner Richard Millinder said two weekends of items like peanut-crusted pork belly and wine-braised Angus short ribs have been well received, so the restaurant will now be open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Millinder and co-owner Mike Moore purchased the business in the fall and reopened in January with a market-style take on some of the restaurant’s popular items while adding some new dishes. The eatery expanded in February for Sunday brunch and excitement has been building for dinner service. Visit www.hoopcheese.org/ for more information.

Got an idea for news to include in next week’s Main Street Minute? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 252-265-7821 or bhandgraaf@wilsontimes.com.