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Bridging the gap between job seekers and employers

Mark Hofmann
| Tuesday, May 2, 2006 12:00 a.m

For the third year, the Fayette Careerlink Jobs Expo, will attempt to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers.

Davida Cavallo, coordinator for career services at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, said there have been a few changes for this year’s Jobs Expo, which will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the campus Community Center.

“We shortened the time period,” Cavallo said. “The once six-hour event has been trimmed down to four hours, and the expo will be one day instead of two.”

Also missing from this year’s expo will be the high school section, because Cavallo said the employers found that the high school students weren’t as serious about the jobs as the rest of the people attending the expo.

What did not go down this year is the number of employers scheduled to attend the expo — 60, which is 10 more than last year and 17 more than the first year.

Along with businesses from Fayette County, Cavallo said businesses from Washington, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties and Morgantown, W.Va., will participate in this year’s expo.

“We’ve branched out,” Cavallo said, adding that one of the reasons for the branching is the Web site at, which was launched in November 2005.

The Web site features information about the expo, a profile search of what businesses will be at the expo, comments on the previous year’s expo, history, directions, career awareness and more.

Something else new for this year’s expo is involving local employers on Careerlink’s advisory board, with such businesses as Stefano’s Printing in Connellsville participating.

“That’s a new twist that has helped a lot,” Cavallo said.

Not only has the expo grown in terms of employer participation, but also in job seekers. Between 350 to 400 people, with GEDs to master’s degrees, are expected to attend.

Cavallo suggested they arrive early, bring a resume, and be professionally dressed as if they’re going for a job interview, “which is what the expo is — the job seeker’s first job interview.”

Cavallo said the expo is a way for the employers to meet potential employees face to face.

“You need that personal connection,” she said, adding that they even have interview room set up to help the job seeker get an offer. “If someone walks out with an offer, you know we had a successful job fair.”

The Fayette Careerlink Jobs Expo is affiliated with Penn State Fayette, Pennsylvania Career Link — Fayette, California University of Pennsylvania, Douglas Education Center, West Virginia Career Institute, Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports Inc., Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/ Fayette Inc. and Laurel Business Institute.

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