Chamber Job Fair is the Place to Be

By Amanda Ellis

Carol McCutcheon craved a new challenge when she attended the Chattanooga Chamber’s annual Spring Job Fair last year. Now Accounting and Wire Specialist at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU), McCutcheon says she’s happy to be a job fair success story.

“I took 13 years off to focus on being a mom, and it’s hard applying cold to positions online when your most recent experience is from years ago,” McCutcheon says. “Connecting face to face with companies at the job fair helped me tell my story more broadly than my resume, and I could interview companies to get a feel for what I wanted.”

McCutcheon wanted to “get her feet wet” with working in an office again, a perfect fit for TVFCU, where she filled in for a maternity leave in the accounting and payroll department.

After several months, McCutcheon eagerly accepted a permanent full-time position at TVFCU.

“Before they even made the offer, I realized this was a great company where I wanted to stay,” McCutcheon says. “It’s a wonderful environment, I have great benefits and I love my hours. A consistent schedule and weekends off are ideal for spending time with my family.”

The Spring Job Fair has earned its reputation as the premier job fair event in the region. Last year’s event attracted more than 800 job seekers and engaged 84 regional employers, educational institutions and service providers.

“We always leave the Chamber job fair with great hiring leads,” says Janet Leamon, TVFCU Human Resources Manager. “It’s held at a great time when we’re gearing up to hire.”

And, she adds, great candidates attend.

The 2018 Spring Job Fair, a partnership between the Chamber and the American Job Center, is slated for Thursday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brainerd Crossroads. Participating companies include CHI Memorial, McKee Foods, HomeServe and others representing advanced manufacturing, finance, call centers, health care, transportation and more.

Employers who exhibited at last year’s job fair hired 45 job seekers based on interviews during the event and identified 210 potential candidates for future hire.

Are you our next job fair success story? Whether you’re looking for a new employer or new employees, the Spring Job Fair is the place to be.


If you go

What: Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Spring Job Fair

Where: Brainerd Crossroads (BX) at 4011 Austin St. in Chattanooga

When: May 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Who: Jobseekers and companies like CHI Memorial, McKee Foods, HomeServe and others

No registration required for job seekers; interested employers may contact mmoran@chattanoogachamber.com.