MARCH 7, 2016


JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Christopher Magett didn’t know what he was walking into when he attended his first job fair at Guilford Technical Community College in spring 2013.

“I was incredibly nervous, and I had no clue what to expect,” said Magett, 30 of High Point.


Christopher Magett

At the time, Magett had more than five years of experience as a nurse aide and was looking for a position in the field. A native of New York, he and his wife had just moved to North Carolina, and Magett needed a job while going to school full time pursuing an associate degree in arts at GTCC. Not only did Magett get the nurse aid job he wanted, but the company also decided to train him to become a medical technician. Magett was shocked.

“I had no idea they were going to give me a job,” he said.

What set him apart, he said, was a 30-second speech that GTCC Career Advisor, Dan Grigg, coached Magett on. In the speech, Magett stated who he was, what he does, how he heard about the business, and why he wanted to work for the company.

Two years later, that 30-second speech paid off again during the spring 2015 GTCC job fair. Magett received two job interviews and one job offer on the spot. He said if he didn’t use that 30-second speech, he never would have been offered the job.

“It made me more memorable,” he said.

Job seekers will have an opportunity to try out their own 30-second speech during GTCC’s annual Spring Job Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at Medlin Campus Center on GTCC’s Jamestown Campus, 601 E. Main St., Jamestown. The event is free for all job seekers, including GTCC students, alumni and the general public.

The annual event has been growing steadily over the past few years and is part of GTCC’s mission to provide workforce development opportunities to Guilford County’s employers and job seekers. Last year’s job fair attracted more than 2,300 applicants who met with 93 prospective employers.


WHAT: GTCC Spring Job Fair

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16

WHERE: Medlin Campus Center, Jamestown Campus, 601 E. Main St., Jamestown

ADMISSION: Free for all job seekers

EMPLOYER REGISTRATION: The registration fee for employers is $200 and includes breakfast and lunch for up to two employer representatives. Space is limited. To register, visit Deadline is March 10.

INFORMATION: For a current list of employers attending this year’s job fair, visit

For questions or more information, contact GTCC Career Advisor Dan Grigg at or (336) 334-4822 ext. 50229.

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC