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Edinburg EDC helping organize résumé and interview workshops, followed by job fair – all free to residents – from January 23 - 25, 2018, respectively, at Dustin Sekula Memorial Library

Featured: U.S. Customs and Border Protection professionals, such as the ones shown in this photograph, will be among the representatives of more than two dozen employers scheduled to participate in the Thursday, January 25, 2018 Job Fair at the Michael Dustin Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg. The event, to be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free and open to the public. Also at no charge to area residents, at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, which is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard, there will be a Résumé Writing Workshop on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and a Job Interview Workshop on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The work shops and the job fair are being organized by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, the City of Edinburg, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Workforce Solutions. The Edinburg EDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council.

Photograph Courtesy Michael Dustin Sekula Memorial Library

Hosting job fairs and other important events are part of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation’s efforts to help promote economic development and provide quality-of-life programs. “We are here to to empower our community, and one of the ways to do that is by offering and hosting job fairs during the year, as well as to have a data base of job vacancies available at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, and helping people learn how to prepare résumés and perform well in job interviews, at no cost to the public,” said Nelda Ramírez, Assistant Executive Director for the Edinburg EDC. Jennifer Cabrera, who leads the Edinburg EDC’s marketing efforts, said any business owner who wishes to participate in the job fair may still contact the Edinburg EDC at 956/383-7124 for updated information. Each employer will be assigned one table and two chairs to greet employee candidates. There is no charge to the employer to participate in the job fair. “The Edinburg EDC job fairs are designed to make it easier and more convenient for employers and prospective employees to get together,” said Cabrera. “They are for every kind of person, from people who want to get a job for the first time, to individuals who are already employed, but are looking for a better job or a different career.” The Edinburg EDC Board of Directors is comprised of Edinburg City Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez as President, Edinburg School Board Trustee Miguel “Mike” Farías as Vice-President, Isael Posadas, P.E., as Secretary/Treasurer, and Julio César Carranza and Noé Sauceda, Ph.D. as Members.

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Edinburg EDC helping organize résumé and interview workshops, followed by job fair – all free to residents – from January 23 – 25, 2018, respectively, at Dustin Sekula Memorial Library

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Representatives for at least 26 major employers will gather at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, located at 1906 S. Closner Boulevard, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018 for a job fair, which is free and open to the public, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., also at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, a free workshop on helping residents prepare their résumé, will take place. Richard Ramírez, UTRGV Career Center Advisor, will be the presenter. The workshop will consist of a helpful review of the best practices in résumé presentation, language, and formatting.

The following day, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – also free to the public – a workshop on how to best present and conduct oneself when being interview for a job, from 2 p.m to 3 p.m., and also at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library. This workshop will offer helpful techniques in interview preparation, research, presentation, and follow-up activities. The presenter will be UTRGV Career Center Advisor Carina Alcantar.

At the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, the Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Résumé Workshop will be held in the Tech Room, the Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Interview Workshop will take place in the Study Room, and the Thursday, January 25, 2018 Job Fair will be conducted in the Meeting Room.

The events, being coordinated by the Edinburg EDC, the City of Edinburg, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Workforce Solutions, are part of a partnership between those entities to match qualified persons for jobs being offered in the city, said Nelda Ramírez, Assistant Executive Director for the Edinburg EDC.

The Edinburg EDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council.

The Edinburg EDC Board of Directors is comprised of Edinburg City Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez as President, Edinburg School Board Trustee Miguel “Mike” Farías as Vice-President, Isael Posadas, P.E., as Secretary/Treasurer, and Julio César Carranza and Noé Sauceda, Ph.D. as Members.

Jennifer Cabrera, who leads the Edinburg EDC’s marketing efforts, said any business owner who wishes to participate in the job fair may still contact the Edinburg EDC at 956/383-7124 for updated information. Each employer will be assigned one table and two chairs to greet employee candidates. There is no charge to the employer to participate in the job fair.

“The Edinburg EDC job fairs are designed to make it easier and more convenient for employers and prospective employees to get together,” said Cabrera. “They are for every kind of person, from people who want to get a job for the first time, to individuals who are already employed, but are looking for a better job or a different career.”

People looking for employment will be able to learn about the job vacancies from the employers, leave their résumés, and in some cases, employers will conduct a job interview immediately, she added.

Hosting job fairs and other important events are part of the Edinburg EDC’s efforts to help promote economic development and provide quality-of-life programs.

“We are here to to empower our community, and one of the ways to do that is by offering and hosting job fairs during the year, as well as to have a data base of job vacancies available at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, and helping people learn how to prepare résumés and perform well in job interviews, at no cost to the public,” said Ramírez.

For the Thursday, January 25, 2018 Job Fair, Cabrera advised that individuals looking to land a job come dressed appropriately.

“We recommend the dress code be business casual, which means women should come in a pant suit or conservative dress, and men should come with slacks, a long-sleeve shirt, and a tie,” said Cabrera. “Remember, you are not only representing yourself, but also your family and hometown, and we want you to look great.”

The employers who will each have a table with two chairs to meet with applicants at the job fair are:

• Apple One
• Alta Talent
• American Association of Retired Persons
• Bert Ogden
• Chasesource Real Estate
• City of Edinburg
• CJE Construction
• D&S Texas Icon Construction
• Dairy Queen
• Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
• Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District
• Jason’s Deli
• Motivation Education & Training, Inc.
• Region One Education Services Center
• Security First Credit Union
• Select Staff
• Retama Manor Nursing Home
• Texas Department of Criminal Justice
• TD Logistics
• Teleperformance
• Texas Department of Public Safety
• TownePlace Suites By Marriott
• United States Border Patrol
• University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
• Walmart
• Wonderful Citrus

More information is available by contacting Cabrera with the Edinburg EDC at 956/383-7124 or José Tamez, Assistant Director, Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, at 956/383-6246, or visit  http://www.edinburglibrary.us.

The Development Corporation Act of 1979 gives cities the ability to finance new and expanded business enterprises in their local communities through economic development corporations (EDCs), according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Chapters 501, 504 and 505 of the Local Government Code outline the characteristics of Type A and Type B EDCs, authorize cities to adopt a sales tax to fund the corporations and define projects EDCs are allowed to undertake. (https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/local/type-ab/index.php)

EDINBURG’S SOUTH TEXAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL READY TO ACCEPT FILM SUBMISSIONS

The City of Edinburg on Wednesday, January 16, 2018 announced that film submissions for the 2018 South Texas International Film Festival are now open.

Submissions deadlines are February 2, 2018 for Early Bird Submission, April 30, 2018 for Regular Schedule Submissions, and May 25, 2018 for the Late Submission.

No submissions will be accepted after May 25.

The 2018 South Texas Film Festival is scheduled for September 5 – 8, 2018. 

The festival showcases original films with a unique vision and point of view.

All filmmakers are encouraged to submit for a chance to win prizes and awards.

For more details and to submit films, visit the South Texas International Film Festival website at http://www.stxff.us. Only secure digital submissions through Withoutabox and Film Freeway will be accepted. The Festival and all movie screenings will be free to the public.

The 2018 South Texas International Film Festival includes several free workshops throughout the year that all filmmakers can benefit from.

The first session of the 2018 STXIFF Workshop Series is “From Ideas to Screenplay” conducted by University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Professors Lawrence Gise and David Carren. The workshop will take place at the Sekula Memorial Library on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Professor Gise will focus on “How Ideas are Conceived: Creating Your Reality on Screen,” and Professor Carren’s topic will be “Sky High Concepts: Striking Ideas Make Exciting Movies.”

Those attending are encouraged to bring note-taking materials such as laptops and notebooks.

To attend the free workshop, please register at eventbrite.com or by calling Magdiel Castle at 956/383-6246.

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José Tamez  and Irma Garza contributed to this article. For more information on the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and the City of Edinburg, please log on to http://edinburgedc.com or to http://www.facebook.com/edinburgedc

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