15th Annual Cecil County Job Fair

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Susquehanna Workforce Network Announces 15th Annual Cecil County Job Fair

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3/25/2022

Susquehanna Workforce Network announces the launch of the 15th Annual Cecil County Job Fair. The event which previously ran successively is back after a 2 year hiatus due to Covid-19. Susquehanna Workforce Network will partner with the Cecil County Office of Economic Development and Cecil Business Resource Partners to bring the event back to Singerly Fire Company Banquet Hall. The event, which takes place on May 12th, will run from 12pm – 4pm.

Due to Covid-19 the event did not run in 2020 or 2021. Given the need for recruitment post pandemic, this event will be free for businesses to register and attend. The event is poised to bring over 50 employers to the Singerly Fire Company at 300 Newark Road in Elkton, making it the largest job fair in Cecil County.

Employers will meet with hopefuls who are looking to make a career transition or who are looking to reenter the workforce. Businesses will be utilizing aggressive tactics to secure talent, including non-traditional hiring methods. While not all employers apprise our organization with the details of their hiring strategies, it is likely some will be making offers on the spot.

SWN anticipates the release of a full list of employer’s one week prior to the event. Leading up to the event, Susquehanna Workforce Network will have two workforce center locations open and available for jobseekers to assist with résumé preparation and interview skills. Limited additional assistance will be available to jobseekers on-site.

The 15th Annual Cecil County Job Fair will always be free to attend for all jobseekers.

Registration Details

Jobseeker Registration

https://tinyurl.com/CECILCountyjobfair

Pre-registration is recommended.

Registration for jobseekers will be available on-site.

View the full list of employers below. For open positions, Click Here

Thank you & See You There!

How Local Businesses Are Celebrating Maryland Day

3/25/22

By Jessica Fessler

What is Maryland Day?

According to MarylandDay.Org, “Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when the newly-arrived colonists erected a cross on St. Clement’s Island. Marylanders began observing Maryland Day in 1903, when the State Board of Education designated it as a day to be devoted to the study of Maryland history. In 1916, the General Assembly authorized the celebration of Maryland Day as a legal state holiday.”

More recently, Maryland Day is a day of pride. Some local business owners showcase their pride through unique offerings that highlight their Maryland roots.

Susquehanna Workforce Network sat down with businesses and community members to discuss how they celebrate Maryland Day and how they celebrate Maryland Pride all day, every day.

Hopkins Farm Brewery, located in Havre De Grace is a local business that takes their pride seriously. According to Ali Hopkins, “Almost all of our beers feature our homegrown barley malt from Chesapeake malting company”. Hopkins Farm Brewery partners with other local businesses to feature them in their beers.

Orange Crush Hard Seltzer from Hopkins Farm Brewery

Synonymous with Maryland pride, is the Orange Crush. In honor of Maryland Day, Hopkins Farm will be releasing a orange crush hard seltzer.

Maryland Day also serves as a reminder about the importance of community and community partnerships.

Megan Myers, Mrs. Harford County 2022 has lived in Harford County her entire life. Today, she reflects on the importance of community. “There are many families and individuals in Maryland who need our help and we can work together as one community to spread kindness and gratitude.” She will be competing for the Mrs. Maryland America title on April 8th.



Even businesses that are new to the area are looking for ways to showcase their Maryland pride. Nikki from We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym in Forest Hill relocated to the area and started her business almost 2 years ago. While they didn’t have plans to celebrate this year, Nikki is already planning for next year.



Susquehanna Workforce Network celebrates Marylanders everyday by coordinating workforce development programs that targets businesses and individuals in Cecil and Harford Counties.

Building a stronger workforce in Maryland requires dedication and research. Some of our efforts include offering services that develop jobseekers into highly desirable candidates. No-cost job training and upskilling opportunities are funded by grants. SWN also offers job fairs curated to place jobseekers in front of sought-after employers


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Get Hired On the Spot

10 Tips to Make Your Next Job Fair Successful

By: Jessica Fessler

If you’re planning to attend a job fair, PLAN. Don’t waste an opportunity due to lack of preparedness. Get hired on the spot with these tips, curated by our career coaches.

#1 Dress Professionally

This is your first opportunity to make a good impression. If you’re not sure what attire is appropriate, it is always safe to overdress. While business casual is recommended, keep in mind the positions you’re applying for. If styled appropriately, jeans are an acceptable option for a job fair. Pair with a blazer for a modern business casual look, sure to impress your future employer.

#2 Plan to Attend Early

The early bird gets the worm. Meet with employers first before other candidates have the opportunity to meet with them. This could give you the competitive advantage. Some employers choose to leave job fairs early, or put forth little effort after they’ve met with candidates that they feel are a good fit. Don’t jeopardize your chance by underestimating the competition.

#3 Prepare Your Elevator Pitch

Employers will only have a few minutes to talk with you. Prepare what you plan to say in advance. Mention your occupation / industry or start with the title of the position that you’re looking for. Provide a brief synopsis of your experience and skills and demonstrate the value you bring to the table. How do you demonstrate value?

Answer these questions- What can you provide to employers that will benefit them? Are you a self-starter that requires little supervision to complete tasks? Do you have specialized training? Are you a creative thinker, able to solve problems quickly?

#4 Do Your Research

Research the company in advance. Scour their website and appear knowledgeable about the company. Recruiters are looking to hire someone who has done their research.

#5 Ask Questions

While it’s important to answer a recruiter’s questions, it’s equally important to ask your own. A common mistake is not asking follow up questions. Follow up questions show that you’re an active listener and are engaged. Nobody likes a one-sided conversation. Prepare your questions in advance. A great way to get to know employers is to ask about company culture.

#6 Apply for the Position in Advance

Applying to the position before attending a job fair is a great way to get your application reviewed quicker. Make it easy for employers to hire you. Provide them with everything they need to make a decision or grant you an interview in advance. Use the job fair as an opportunity to put a face to a name.

#7 Bring Multiple Copies of Your Resume

It’s a great idea to bring multiple copies of your resume, even if you’re only interested in one particular employer. Having a digital copy on hand is a must-do! You never know what you might come across at a job fair. Be open to all opportunities.

#8 Ask About the Hiring Process

Ask the recruiter about the next steps. All companies hire differently. Some may have extensive interview processes. Ask about their hiring process so that you can align your expectations.

#9 Thank the Recruiter

Thank the recruiter for their time. Show genuine appreciation for their effort. Provide a compliment and restate your intentions. Your exit is as important as your entrance, leave them with a great impression.

#10 Follow-Up

A strong follow up can make or break a recruiter’s decision. Those who engage with the recruiter and show continued interest overshadow candidates who don’t follow up. Send a thank you email within 24 hours of meeting with a recruiter. In that email, reiterate why you’re a great candidate for the position. As you navigate the hiring process, remember to send thank you emails to anyone who helps facilitate the process. It can be short and sweet, but the administrative assistant who coordinated your interview will appreciate you thanking them for their efforts and your extra effort will be noticed.

Industry Spotlight: Manufacturing, Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Industry Spotlight: Manufacturing, Logistics & Supply Chain Management

By: Jessica Fessler

Supply Chain Issues = Career Opportunities

Two years ago “The Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020” shed light on our supply chain in ways most of us had not experienced. The obvious items came up short first- toilet paper, medical supplies and canned goods. Panic buying initially contributed to a fair share of these shortages. Now, two years later our supply chain is in disarray with shortages across industries.

So, what do empty shelves and hard to find items have to do with your career?

Opportunity lies within manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management for critical thinkers looking to break into an industry projected to grow 30% by 2030 (U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Entry level positions are typically located within the production and transportation sectors of supply chain management. In other words, a great way to break into supply chain management is through trucking and warehousing positions.

These positions typically require little to no experience. Some positions however, do require certifications. A detailed list of entry level positions can be found here . Susquehanna Workforce Network provides no-cost training opportunities for those looking to break into manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management.

Courtesy of Susquehanna Workforce Innovation Partnership

In the supply chain, nothing happens in a straight line. The flexibility of supply chain management career paths and day-to-day responsibilities opens opportunities across many different functions. More opportunities are available to those willing to pursue a four year degree. Some mid-level management positions require a bachelor’s degree.

According to David Litterello, Director of Workforce Development for Harford Community College, “There’s a lot more to supply chain management than picking and packing”. Mid-level management positions look for candidates who have “knowledge of warehousing strategies relative to the supply chain” and who have “understanding of how warehousing plays a role in overall company strategy”.  

For additional industry information, wage information and open positions, contact your local workforce center.