KSU Holds Job Fair

  If you're in the job market -- you know getting hired is not easy. That's why FOX 5 will…

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If you're in the job market -- you know getting hired is not easy. That's why FOX 5 will bring you a segment each day called job shop.

We'll profile a job of the day and bring you tips on landing a job.

Recently FOX 5 stopped by a job training expo to learn how to get a leg up.
"I'm interested in getting back into the job market," said Lynn Woodard. "I want … I want to be up and running."

Woodard is getting back into the job market -- after years of being a stay at home mom. Her timing couldn't be worse.

"It's almost…like another planet," Woodard said.

Woodard is not only finding it's next-to-impossible to be hired -- she's competing with younger, more skilled workers.

That's why she's at a career fair sponsored by Kennesaw State University; Woodard is ready to invest in her future.

"If I'm going to get job skills, I want them to be valuable 10 years from now," said Woodard.
This career fair being offered by Kennesaw State isn't meant for college degrees, but certifications in things like being a nurse's assistant to give job seekers a leg up."
"In today's job market, you have to have specific skills," said Kim Groves.

Kim Groves knows a thing or two about getting hired -- she put the job expo together.

"We serve people who are looking for specific training in a career field, or to have a certificate or specific credential to get a job," said Groves.

Woodard decided to attend a class on becoming a medical office assistant. A job that's in high demand but isn't easy to get.

"Their wanting more skills in word processing, database, excel, power point -- so this is a good place to sharpen your skills. Sharpening my skills is really what I want to do immediately," said Woodard.
It's a good idea -- because these days -- your resume needs to include more than the old, tired lines.
"We don't want to see people who have 'team player' all over their interviews anymore. We want to see what technology you know how to use, what certifications you have and what are your specific skills," said Groves.

That's why Woodard attended the job fair. She hopes a little life experience and a solid skill-set will make her the perfect match.

"I'm going to invest in my job skills. And I want to make sure that where I go is going to be someplace I can stay for several years," Woodard said.
Kennesaw State offers more than 2,000 classes -- and 40 certification programs.
For more information -- visit our website at myfoxatlanta.com. Also on our website -- The job of the Day. Monday's opportunity comes from Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. The restaurant is hiring managers and sous chefs for its new Kennesaw location. Previous experience is required.

To apply, go to myfoxatlanta.com and click on "Job Shop"



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu