Springfield, MA to Host NERETA Industry Focused Career Fair for Banking, Real Estate, Insurance and Finance Industries

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Thursday, September 19th jobseekers and employers with common industry background in Banking, Real Estate, Insurance and Finance will meet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield, MA

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Employers are looking for applicants with specific industry background, knowledge, training, and skills.

On September 19th, jobseeking professionals who have a background or interest in Banking, Real Estate, Insurance or Finance and employers, and who have opportunities for employment in these fields, will converge at the Hilton Garden Inn at 800 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, MA from 1-5 p.m.

Check out the NERETA wesbite for more infromation at: http://www.neretacareerfairs.org.

Jobseekers from as far away as New York City, Boston, MA and Albany, NY are calling and planning to attend this event for the Banking, Real Estate, Insurance and Finance professionals," exclaimed Colleen LaRose, President and CEO of the North East Regional Employment and Training Association (NERETA). She continued, "We are also excited that we are attracting a number of prestigious employers as well, such as Prudential, Metlife and Allstate"

LaRose continued, "As workforce development professionals, the North East Regional Employment and Training Association is proud to be hosting these industry-focused career fair events and we are gratified to see the positive response we are getting from employers and jobseekers. Traditional career fairs where all types of employers and all types of jobseekers merge just doesn’t make a lot of sense in today’s economy when there are so many people looking for work," LaRose explained. "For the few job openings that employers have available, employers are looking for applicants with specific industry background, knowledge, training, and skills. Likewise, jobseekers need to position themselves not as ‘desperate and willing to take anything’ but as thoughtful candidates having the specific industry interest, training, knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Breaking up the career fairs by industry sector just makes sense for employers and jobseekers to demonstrate the best they each have to offer the other, and clearly this is resonating."

Each month, a different industry sector will be focused on and three career fairs are planned to be held throughout the northeastern US to promote that industry. While September has been for the Banking, Real Estate, Insurance and Finance Industries, October will be for the transportation industry, with the first event planned near the Philadelphia, PA airport in mid October.

"This is a great way for jobseekers, many whom may have been out of their chosen field for years now, to get back in touch with what is going on in their industry," said LaRose. "These career fairs are almost ‘mini-industry conferences’ that help jobseekers re-engage with their industry, providing them a chance to better understand the current state of their industry in the northeastern US."

Free resume writing and job coaching assistance is being offered to jobseekers who attend these career fairs. Additionally, jobseekers and employers are encouraged to dialogue through Linked In groups that have been set up by industry sector.

LaRose concluded, "We are proud to be working on this initiative with the Northeastern Economic Developers Association who is helping us to identify the best locations to hold these career fairs based on each of the industries' demands for workers throughout the northeastern US. We are also working with the public workforce system and private workforce development organizations in each state to help identify jobseekers and employers who would benefit from attending these industry focused career fairs."

More information about upcoming locations for the events can be found at http://www.neretacareerfairs.org.

Industry sectors to be focused on in the coming year are:
Banking, Real Estate, Insurance, Finance - September
Transportation and Logistics - October
Food and Agriculture - November
Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing - December
Hospitality/Recreation - January
Energy/Utilities/Telecom - February
Construction/Green Technologies- March
Media, Arts and Fashion - April
Public Service/Legal/Non-profit/Education - May
Bio-tech/Life Sciences - June
Healthcare - July
Computers/IT/Engineering - August

The North East Regional Employment and Training Association (http://www.nereta.org) connects workforce investment boards and their stakeholders in the northeast. In addition to the career fairs, the organization conducts professional development seminars and webinars for workforce development professionals and facilitates several workforce development oriented Linked in groups.

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