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Looking for a new career? These job fairs on the Coast may help get you hired.

Workers watch as the USS America LHA6 leaves Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula on Friday July 11, 2014. The area’s largest employer is holding a job fair March 3.
Workers watch as the USS America LHA6 leaves Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula on Friday July 11, 2014. The area’s largest employer is holding a job fair March 3. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

A job fair to find skilled workers is coming to South Mississippi, along with career fairs to help students and others network and learn about job opportunities.

▪  Ingalls Shipbuilding is hosting a job fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy, 1000 Jerry St. Pé Highway, Pascagoula.

The Coast’s largest employer is looking for engineers with all experience levels for engineering and designer positions. Candidates should be ready for an interview on-site and Ingalls said in a press release that offers will be made “on-the-spot.”

Candidates also can apply online before they attend the job fair. Company benefits include flexible work schedules, medical and dental coverage, retirement plans and 11 paid holidays, five of which are included in the 10-day shutdown during the Christmas holiday season. Among the other benefits are education reimbursement for training and classes related to the employee’s profession.

▪  More than 40 employers will be represented at the 2018 “Careers on the Coast” Networking and Job Fair on Tuesday, March 6, at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Hosted by Career Services, “Careers on the Coast” provides USM students and alumni the opportunity to network with professionals and prospective employers from industries across South Mississippi.

Employers will be on hand to offer information on a variety of full-time, part-time and internship positions, as well as volunteer and community service opportunities with select organizations. The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus.

“Students can expect to see employers from a wide range of industries and fields who will be excited to meet and talk with the students. This is a great time to practice developing confidence in creating a network of contacts for future pursuit,” said Jona Burton, assistant director of Career Services for the Gulf Park campus.

During the job fair, students will have the ability to give their “60-second elevator pitch” and make positive first impressions while speaking and interacting with potential employers.

The event is open to all current USM students and alumni. Business attire is required.

For more information about “Careers on the Coast,” call Jona Burton at 228-214-3330 or email jona.burton@usm.edu.

▪  For those just starting out or looking for a new job, Virginia College in Biloxi will host a Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14. The campus is at 920 Cedar Lake Road. It’s just off Popp’s Ferry Road.

George Howell, 90, who was the vice president and general counsel at Ingalls in 1967, reflects on the unprecedented deal that led to the construction of a new, modern shipyard on the west bank of the Pascagoula River.

The event is free and open to students and the public. Participants can meet potential employers, practice their interview skills and learn about programs offered at Virginia College. Those 18 and older can enter to win prizes such as a Chromebook or gift cards.

Representatives of local casinos, salons, food and beverage companies, medical facilities, staffing agencies, stores, banks, health and fitness facilities and military will be available for networking.

“In today’s job market, networking is becoming increasingly valuable, and the staff at Virginia College is eager to help facilitate these professional connections,” said Leon Kelley, campus president.

The event is part of Virginia College parent company Education Corporation of America’s national Career Fair being held at 69 locations in 19 states.

Members of the community planning to attend must register by calling Hildie Flynt, director of career development, at 228-234-2586.

Ingalls Shipbuilding Women Engineers invited Jackson County middle school students to compete in a boat-building competition to teach STEM and encourage students to pursue engineering as a career.

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