Columbus Chamber, CRLC to Hold Logistics Job Fair Sept. 13

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Fifty companies, hundreds of job seekers expected to attend

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The goal of the job fair is not only to connect employers with those seeking positions in the logistics industry, but also to keep the employment momentum moving upward in central Ohio.

Aligning with the more than 20 percent growth expected in transportation and warehousing employment through 2016, the Columbus Chamber and the Columbus Region Logistics Council (CRLC) will hold a Logistics Job Fair Thursday, September 13 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event will take place at Columbus State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development, 315 Cleveland Avenue.

The logistics job fair, which is free to both job seekers and exhibitors, will feature 50 companies in the region – ranging from Cardinal Health and Exel to McGraw Hill and Zipline Logistics. More than 400 job seekers are expected to attend, vying for open positions in areas including warehouse materials handling and operations management.

“Because of our ideal location between the East Coast and Chicago, and within a day’s drive of more than half of the U.S. population, the logistics industry is expected to remain a major force in the Columbus Region,” said Michael Dalby, president and CEO, Columbus Chamber. “The goal of the job fair is not only to connect employers with those seeking positions in the logistics industry, but also to keep the employment momentum moving upward in central Ohio.”

In addition to providing access to employers, job seekers can take advantage of the on-site training sessions happening throughout the morning. Kelly Services, a workforce management solutions provider, will walk attendees through sessions including “Interviewing for Success,” “The Importance of Soft Skills,” and “Reverse Recruiter.”

Attendees will also learn more about the Logistics Attracting and Retaining Talent (ART) program, which provides training to new and displaced logistics workers through Columbus State’s Center for Workforce Development. Since the $4.6 million federal grant went into effect last year, more than 280 associates have participated in the program, with nearly 50 percent securing full-time employment so far.

The Columbus Region boasts more than 3,000 logistics establishments and more than 100,000 employees in logistics-related occupations, with the industry accounting for 14.8 percent of the non-public workforce in the region. Additions like the Rickenbacker Intermodal Terminal, part of the multi-state Heartland Corridor project which opened in September 2010, have helped to boost logistics-related employment demand in the region.

The Columbus Region Logistics Council is an initiative of the Columbus Chamber. To learn more about the Columbus Chamber, visit http://www.columbus.org/.

The Columbus Chamber helps businesses thrive. It leads business growth, retention and expansion initiatives in the Columbus Region, enhances the business environment and delivers programs and services that enable its members to be more successful.

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