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Gainesville Job Fair attracts hundreds of eager job seekers from the community

Gainesville Job Fair attracts hundreds of eager job seekers from the community

JobFair1More than 400 job seekers eagerly conversed with nearly 60 employers about their employment opportunities and available training resources at this year’s City of Gainesville Job Fair at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

A multitude of companies looking to recruit new employees included Nationwide, Infinite Energy, Inc., Two Men and a Truck, Comfort Keepers, Bankers Life and the University of Florida Office of Human Resources Services.

“It’s great to come out into the community and let people know about the opportunities at Nationwide, which has been one of Gainesville’s largest employers for more than 30 years,” said Nationwide Claims Call Center Supervisor Rob Gwynn. “Gainesville has so much untapped talent, and we hope to harness that while providing jobs to our local community members.”


This year’s job fair also featured a workshop where attendees could learn the do’s and don’ts of resume and cover letter writing in a classroom setting. The workshop was taught by Paul Forté, Jr., with the City of Gainesville Human Resources office, and Nancy Halbrook, with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. This event was hosted by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Gainesville, the Office of Equal Opportunity, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Regional Transit System, CareerSource North Central Florida, Partnership for Strong Families’ Library Partnership and Santa Fe College.

Gainesville City Commissioner Charles Goston, District 1, said, “Every expectation will be met with a great result,” when he reflected on the job fair. “When you can provide opportunities in the face of opposition for people, lives will be changed and futures will be brighter.”

Employers, if you would like to participate in next year’s job fair, contact Sue DeBose via email at or phone at 352-393-8727. If you need talent and training in between job fairs, your Business Services representative can promote your job openings and find the right match for your company. Contact Joe Johnson via email at or phone at 352-334-7120.

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