2023 Cherokee Career Expo: A New Way to Work

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, Cherokee County job seekers will flock to the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center to embark on a transformative journey in their career pursuits. The 5th annual Cherokee Career Expo, hosted by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED), will help them do just that.

This year’s Career Expo will feature nearly 40 of Cherokee’s employers — including Universal Alloy Corporation, Jaipur Living, Dumaplast and WellStar Health System. Job seekers can explore a wide array of local career opportunities, network with Cherokee’s top employers and even participate in on-site interviews.

The impact of this annual event has been profound, having assisted more than 2,220 Cherokee residents in their job-seeking endeavors, solidifying its role as a pivotal opportunity for job seekers to connect with local employers.

This year, COED has partnered with Goodwill of North Georgia to bring even more resources to job seekers who register. They will host a virtual Cherokee Career Expo Jobseeker Bootcamp Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. At the bootcamp, participants will learn how to navigate a career expo, develop an elevator pitch, receive resume assistance and prepare for interviews.

Goodwill is providing resume and interview assistance in-person during the Career Expo as well. Beginning at 1 p.m. on Sept. 27, registered job seekers will have the opportunity to receive live feedback at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center. Computers and printers will be available for updating and printing resumes before meeting with potential employers.

The Cherokee Career Expo is part of COED’s Work In Cherokee campaign, aimed at helping Cherokee County residents forget the commute and get precious time back by working in-county.

“I was driving to downtown Atlanta every day and wanted more quality time with my family,” said Pillow Perfect Media Manger Sean O’Kelley, who attended the 2018 Cherokee Career Expo, “I decided to give the career expo a chance, and the rest is history. I am now employed by a great company within five miles of my house and can spend more time doing the things I love.”

The Cherokee Career Expo also gives local employers the opportunity to tap into Cherokee’s top talent.

“Last year, we were able to fill our Direct Support Professional position at the Cherokee Career expo,” said Heddy Proctor of Next Step Ministries,” This hardworking professional has now been with us for over a year — she’s wonderful at her job, great with our clients and brings a smile to everyone’s face.”

Cherokee County continues to boast a highly-skilled workforce and top-tier education system, along with vibrant communities — it is no surprise that Cherokee is one of the fastest growing counties in the Atlanta region.

“Cherokee is no longer a temporary address before making a big move,” said COED Charman Marshall Day. “Cherokee is the move. The talent is here. The workforce is here. The community is here. And they are all in Cherokee by choice.”

Registration for job seekers is free and can be completed online before the event here, or day-of the event. Cherokee-based employers who want to participate in the 2023 expo can register here until Sept. 15th. Please note that not all registered employers may be selected to participate.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still take advantage of current Cherokee career opportunities on COED’s Job Search portal online at: https://cherokeega.org/careers/find-a-job/.