Need a job or a new career?
Want to learn how your company can deal with diversity in the workplace?
Both job seekers and business leaders who want to learn more about best practices and the latest diversity strategies can find what they're looking for at The Times Media Co.'s sixth annual Diversity Job Fair and Business Symposium. This year's event will be Wednesday at Avalon Manor, 3550 East U.S. 30, Hobart.
A symposium for human resource professionals, hiring managers, corporate recruiters and other business leaders will take place between 8:30 and 11:45 a.m., with registration and breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. The symposium includes special presentations and a panel discussion, and will be followed by a job fair for the public between noon and 4 p.m.
"In our sixth year hosting this event, we believe it's the best yet," Interim Publisher Lisa Daugherty said. "We have a terrific lineup of speakers for the symposium and expect a great deal of audience participation in frank discussion about the reality of diversity in our workplaces. "
People looking for work will get the chance to introduce themselves to more than 25 companies that are currently searching for employees. Job hunters also will have the opportunity to learn how to polish their resumes, craft good cover letters, and make captivating elevator pitches.
Speakers from the Society for Human Resource Management and Client Contact Center Solutions will lead hour-long educational breakout sessions at 1 p.m. on resumes and cover letters and at 2 p.m. on creating elevator pitches.
Companies involved in this year's event include Aldi, Ameristar Casino Hotel, ArcelorMittal, Blue Chip Casino and Hotel, BP, IBEW Local 697, Horseshoe Casino, Luke Oil, NIPSCO, Strack & Van Til, Town & Country, Ultra Foods, United States Steel and the city of Valparaiso. DeVry University, Ivy Tech, Indiana University Northwest and Valparaiso University are all participating as well.
Job seekers are asked to register for the event by visiting www.nwi.com/diversity.
Hiring professionals and other business leaders also are encouraged to RSVP online for the symposium. In addition to human resource directors, the event is open to senior-level executives, business owners, and leaders in government, higher education and the community.
Attendees will hear presentations, including one about Valparaiso University's Welcome Project, which collects personal stories to encourage discussion on diversity and inclusiveness. The interactive panel discussion will focus on diversity-related topics, including communicating across generations and the economic impact of diversity.
"Northwest Indiana is a diverse community," Daugherty said. "We need to move toward inclusion; embrace our differences and leverage them to realize our full potential as a community."
For more information, contact Cindy Kimmel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 548-4300.