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Thousands Turn Out For Safe & Sound Career Expo

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 55 employers and 2,000 job seekers attended the third annual NewsChannel 5 Safe & Sound Career Expo at Lipscomb University on Thursday.

The event was presented by NewsChannel 5, the Nashville Chamber, and Lipscomb University, and held at Lipscomb's Allen Arena. Organizer Matt Lowney said participating employers had 500 jobs up for grabs.

Lowney said the number of employers and jobs available were up higher than the previous two years, making it one of the largest free job fairs in Middle Tennessee. Last year there were 40 employers, many just looking to network. This year every company had open positions.

Thousands of job seekers came with resume's in hand trying to make the best impression.For the past year finding employment has become Sheri Thiry's full time job.

"Being a more mature person," she said. "Sometimes you feel like you're excluded as being over qualified."

Thiry's job was downsized with CVS Caremark after more than a decade with the company.

"There are always worse things, I think, in the world than not having a job," Thiry said optimistically. "I mean it's tough. It's not fun."

This was also the first year career coaching has been available on-site.

"I think the job market is definitely better than it was. I think that you still have to work to find the opportunities," added Thiry.

The job opportunities ranged from entry level positions to management. Officials with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce said they have been seeing a particular increase in the healthcare and information technology sectors.

Rebecca Leslie with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce said there's reason to be hopeful.

"We've seen some specific industries that are really growing," she said. "For example healthcare/ IT is an industry that has a high need for job growth right now."

"Right now as employers are starting to hire more and post their positions, we're seeing them be very strategic about which positions that they post or which positions that they open," said Rebecca Leslie with the Chamber.

Since being laid off Thiry's received more certifications, hoping it improves her chances. As she meets with recruiters, Thiry hopes one of the jobs she's applying for comes through.

Before heading to any job fair, here are some tips job experts said help potential employers notice job seekers:

  • Target your resume to the job you're applying for.
  • Make sure you're networking with anyone and everyone.
  • Apply for the right jobs – the ones you have the experience for.
  • Find the "hidden" job market
  • Keep your online image clean. Employers may look you up on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Avoid pictures and posts that would turn away hiring managers.
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