Start preparing that résumé — Sussex County job fair scheduled for April 30

Whether they’re a job seeker looking for work after a tough economic period or a business leader hoping to hire fresh faces, Delaware’s U.S. Congressional delegation is aiming to connect people at a job fair on Tuesday, April 30.

The free Sussex County job fair will be held at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Rep. John Carney.

The delegation members said they view the job fair as a benefit for everyone, as job seekers and employers both have a chance to find their perfect match.

“While the economy is starting to show signs of recovery, there are too many Delawareans who are still struggling to find work,” Coons said. “Connecting job seekers with Delaware employers is one of the most effective ways to help people network and find employment in the area.”

Applicants can meet representatives from many different fields, including accounting, public safety, medical and service industries. Plus, each company may need a variety of job capacities.

Exhibitors from all fields are still welcome to register.

“We’ll accept employers looking to hire until we run out of space. Frankly, if someone has jobs they are looking to hire, we’ll do anything we can to get them in the room, said Ian Koski, spokesperson for Coons.

Coons organized the first delegation-sponsored job fair in Wilmington in 2011. Since then, he has partnered with the senators to host 12 more fairs, including three in Sussex County. Last year’s event welcomed around 700 job applicants.

“We’ve heard from lots of people who have gotten jobs as a result of a job fair, and for those who haven’t — that’s why we keep having them. There are employers hiring in Delaware,” said Koski.

Job applicants should bring many copies of their résumés. They should also dress to impress, as they may be interviewed right on the spot. Koski also recommended people arrive early, when hiring managers are likely have more energy.

“Come open-minded and come ready to interview,” said Koski. “We’ll have lots of folks on-hand to help point people in the right direction. It’s a great opportunity and proven success for lots of folks.”

The delegation hosted its most recent job fair in New Castle County in March, and a third job fair is planned for Kent County in June.

In addition to networking with companies looking to hire, job seekers will also be able to participate in job-search skills workshops, receive career counseling and have their résumés reviewed by experts.

Pre-registration is not required for job applicants, but it will save them time when they enter the fair. The final list of participating businesses will be published just before the April 30 event.

The Rehoboth Beach Convention Center is located at 229 Rehoboth Avenue. For more information on how to participate as an employer or job seeker, contact Coons’ office at (302) 573-6345, or email