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Roswell United Methodist and Avalon team up for job fair
by James Swift
jswift@neighbornewspapers.com
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Avalon has teamed up with Roswell United Methodist for a Sept. 8 job fair.
Avalon has teamed up with Roswell United Methodist for a Sept. 8 job fair.
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Monday, the Roswell United Methodist Church, located at 814 Mimosa Blvd., will be the site of the first official Avalon job fair.

More than 30 employers are expected to attend the all-day event.

Among many others, representatives from Banana Republic, Free People, Marlow’s Tavern and Tommy Bahama are scheduled to appear.

Avalon representative Carla Toro said the church was recommended by Progress Partners of North Fulton Atlanta Executive Director Al Nash.

“We attended one of their job fairs, and they’ve been pretty great at the whole production process,” Toro said.

“They have an idea, they have the whole layout set up … they’ve been instrumental in helping us get this plan out there to the public.”

Several career workshops are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., with “Attire to Hire” sessions slated from 4 p.m. to about 7 p.m.

A free dinner will be offered before the job fair officially kicks off at 6:45 p.m. The networking event is scheduled to conclude at 9 p.m.

Katherine Simons of the church Job Networking ministry anticipates 500 to 700 jobseekers.

“The thing that we’re really excited about is that the applicants can come from different career backgrounds,” she said.

“We’re going to have every opportunity to fill both unskilled and highly skilled positions.”

In addition to retail and restaurant positions, Toro said there are positions open for executive assistants, marketing assistants, guest-relations assistants, security and parking.

Avalon wants to be more than just a shopping and entertainment complex, said representative Hannah Spears.

“We’re really trying to focus on being a part of the community, working with nonprofits like RUMC,” she said.

“We want to work with the community on everything we can, so this is kind of the start of that.”

The first phase of the mixed-use development is scheduled to open Oct. 30. The $600 million project is expected to bring more than 4,000 jobs to Alpharetta.

“I think it’s rather unique to have a nonprofit working with a commercial business like this,” said Jay Litton, church Job Networking ministry founder.

“They want to be more involved in the community, and we’re extremely involved with the community … I think we can assist and support each other.”

Despite the increased construction in north Fulton, Litton said many residents are still struggling economically.

“We’ve not recovered from the recession yet,” he said.

“This development right in the heart of the area we minister to is a perfect remedy for what the community needs.”

Applicants are advised to wear business-appropriate attire and to bring business cards and multiple resume copies. Registration is not required.

More information on Monday’s fair can be found at www.rumc.com/jobfair. Job updates can be found at www.experienceavalon.com.

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