|Gainesville, Gilmer Memorial Airport, GA|
|Fair at 52°F|
|Wind northwest at 8 mph|
Recent years have been difficult on job seekers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment in the United States stands at 6.6 percent, the lowest it has been in five years. However, this statistic does not include those who have stopped seeking work altogether. Some contend that when those individuals are included, the figure actually falls between 13 and 14 percent.
It can be seen across the Internet; web sites like monster.com and indeed.com are frequently swamped with résumés, with any given job ads receiving between forty and sixty applications within a few days of posting. Many of these are never so much as glanced at, according to experts.
So in such times where finding a viable job can be an excruciating task, what can one do to be more active in his or her search, and more importantly, stand out among a mountain of applications?
Enter the Georgia Department of Labor, Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce and Lanier Technical College in Cumming. The three organizations collaborated to host a career expo on February 25th, with outstanding results, according to most of the participating employers we spoke to.
“We are a versatile event center for Forsyth and North Georgia,” said Sara Harrison, Forsyth Conference Center Director, expressing the variety of events that have been hosted at the facility since opening in 2010.
Forsyth County Senior Services is hosting the twelfth annual Forsyth Senior Expo Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College.
The Forsyth Senior Expo is an opportunity for senior citizens as well as their families and friends to learn about planning for the future. The free event provides a venue for information regarding a variety of topics including home care, senior living, legal services and more. Health screenings, door prizes and refreshments will be available. Volunteers from the Forsyth County United Way will be on hand serving sandwiches, fruit, and goodies.
"The Senior Expo is always such a well-attended event that this year we decided to extend it from a three hour event to four hours," Senior Services Special Events Team Leader Julie Gruen said. "We look forward to our community’s seniors and their families, friends and caregivers attending and taking advantage of all of the information that will be available."
The Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College is located at 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming. To receive more information regarding the Forsyth Senior Expo, contact Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178.
For more information about being a vendor at the Forsyth Senior Expo or about sponsorship opportunities, call 770.781.2178.
As temperatures dropped and severe weather blanketed Forsyth County and most of the State of Georgia, the level of preparedness rose as Code White was called at Northside Hospital Forsyth. “As part of our daily operations, we have key personnel and directives in place to deal with urgent situations that arise from a snow storm and other weather related emergencies,” explained Skip Putnam, hospital CEO.
Tuesday, January 28, has now become Snow Jam 2014. At Northside Hospital Forsyth, it is an all hands on deck work day were the hospital and its staff provides healthcare, comfort, shelter and hope. “When severe weather was obviously fast approaching, our staff was called to what they do best – take care of everyone at our hospital and each other,” recalled Lynn Jackson, hospital administrator. Joining the hospital administrators were 15 doctors, 140 nurses and patient care team members, 20 cafeteria personnel, 6 security personnel, and 15 environmental services, to name a few.