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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MARCH 28, 2005
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Project Paycheck helps put Tennesseans back to work
Middle Tennessee's Largest Job Fair Predicts Record Attendance

NASHVILLE - Local job seekers will have an opportunity to make their best employment pitch as Project Paycheck features more than 100 of Nashville's leading employers on Wednesday, March 30, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gaylord Entertainment Center, 501 Broadway.

"We are excited about participating in an event that reaches out to so many Tennesseans looking for work," said James Neeley, commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. "Whether you are looking for an entry level or a more experienced job level, Project Paycheck is a great resource for everyone in the job market."

Project Paycheck held its first job fair in 1995. This year Project Paycheck is expected to draw 3,500 job seekers and has more than 130 participating companies. Human resource professionals from companies such as Amsouth, Dell Computer Corporation and Lowe's will be taking applications and interviewing for various job openings.

Heather Vincent, Workforce Recruitment director with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, said companies signed up early to participate in this year's event. "We think it's a great indicator of the local economy picking up," said Vincent. "Not only can job seekers expect representation from almost every industry, but they can also improve their chances of landing a job with our free workshops."

Employment experts and career advisers will hold free workshops on interviewing skills, power networking, how to work a job fair and searching for jobs on the Internet. Professionals will be on hand to review résumés and make suggestions for improvement.

Complimentary parking will be provided by the Nashville MTA for Project Paycheck job seekers from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the MTA Arena Landport directly behind the Gaylord Entertainment Center. Parking in this lot will be available on a first-come; first-serve basis.

For more information, contact the Nashville Chamber at (615)743-3057, the Middle Tennessee Career Center at (615) 862-8890, or log on to www.projectpaycheck.com.

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