Hundreds gather for a job fair at the Four Seasons Town Centre.
Greensboro, N.C. - On a day when a record number of business and community leaders gathered at the "State of our Community" luncheon in Greensboro, hundreds of job seekers passed out resumes, shook hands made connections right across the street at a job expo.
Pat Danahy, President of the Greensboro Partnership, said the city is moving from a basic manufacturing economy to a knowledge based economy. Making the switch requires older workers to get new training and younger workers need more education. A high school degree typically won't cut it.
"We're making progress, but it's not at a rate we all like. But, it's consistent progress in terms of building our workforce. Our workforce is increasing at the same time," Danahy said.
At the Job Expo Wednesday afternoon, job seekers made connections with local companies looking to hire in the Triad. Many said it's tough to find a job today because there are so many people competing for the same jobs. Plus, more companies are relying on computer software that scans resumes looking for keywords. As a result, you need to constantly change or adapt your resume.
"I would love to stay in the Triad. I love the community. I'm familiar with the area. I have a church here. I don't want to leave all that. But, if I have to, I will. I have to survive," Carla Bullock, a job seeker, said.
Another job seeker, Christina Bailey added, "I'm looking for something new. Something great... with a great company."
Just across the street from the job fair, community and business leaders gathered to talk about the State of Our Community. The key topic on the agenda: jobs. The Triad made a name for itself by excelling in manufacturing. Many of those jobs have vanished, but they are reappearing now in a more advanced and technical form.
"While we have a lot of workers that might be unemployed, their skill sets of being able to operate this highly sophisticated computer equipment is where we see some of the challenges," GTCC President Randy Parker said.
Purolator President Russell Stellfox added, "When you're making stuff for aircrafts, you're making stuff for the military, you're producing high-tech and high-quality products of all types in different markets...That's exciting and that kind of stuff is not going away."
The aviation industry could help bring a lot of jobs and opportunities to the Triad. WFMY News 2's special, "Aviation: Taking Off in the Triad" airs Wednesday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m.