COOKEVILLE – An upcoming job fair will bring together nearly 50 area employers in a multi-agency effort Thursday.
Officials with the state of Tennessee and Goodwill Career Solutions met initially in mid-April to discuss the event, which is a partnership between Goodwill, the Cookeville Career Center, Pacesetters and American Job Center. The number of committed employers has since jumped from 31 to 48. Companies are searching to fill at least 500 vacancies, from highway patrol officers, over-the-road drivers and correctional officers as well as positions in construction, health care and customer service and administration. Pay rates reach $65,000 per year.
“This is one of the biggest job fairs we have had in our 48-county territory in several years,” Chris Fletcher, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee spokesman, said in an email.
The job fair is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Cookeville Career Center, 580 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite B, Cookeville.
The most recent list of committed companies include:
- Metro Industrial in Lebanon and Sparta
- Cookeville Regional Medical Center
- Custom Fireplaces and More
- Fortis Institute
- TCAP Crossville
- Upper Cumberland Tennessee Reconnect Community
- Mizkan America
- @ Work Staffing
- Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency
- Volunteer State Community College
- Perdue Farms
- IE Aepex Inc.
- IWC Food Service
- Wise Staffing
- Omnisource Staffing
- Bellis Concrete Construction LLC
- Volunteer Behavioral Health – Plateau Mental Health
- Silver Angels
- Averitt Express
- ABM on Site Services
- Transamerica Agency Network
- La Quinta Inn and Suites
- Staffing Solutions
- Identity Group
- Motlow State Community College
- Tri-State Distribution Inc.
- Visiting Angels Living Assistance Service
- Onin Staffing
- R.E. West
- DP Personnel
- Bledsoe County Correctional Complex
- MS Companies
- Signature Health Care
- Home Instead Senior Care
- Tennessee Highway Patrol
- Express Employment Professionals
- Tennessee College of Applied Technology Livingston
- Community Options Inc.
- Army National Guard
The jobs are located in Putnam, White, Cumberland, Van Buren, Overton, Davidson, Wilson, Smith, Warren, Macon, Jackson, DeKalb and Bledsoe counties. TLD Logistics will be bringing a 50-foot long tractor-trailer simulator to the job fair. The simulator allows drivers to test their skills at handling over-the-road obstacles and weather. Job candidates are also encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate.
The job fair is one of several events planned by the Cookeville Goodwill Career Solutions Center to celebrate Goodwill Industry tries Week, May 2-6. Goodwill Industries Week is traditionally celebrated via local events and promotions. Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee helped more than 500 people in Putnam County find jobs in 2015, according to report issued by the non-profit earlier this year.