The Power Lunch is a premier networking event for Shelby County seniors who are planning to enter the workforce or pursue a skilled trade career pathway post-graduation. The event allows students to network with employers who are ready to hire. Employers have the chance to interact and get to know the students during the event and gather contact information of students who are interested in pursuing a career with the company after graduation.
Local company representatives, who are members of Workforce Partnership of Shelby County, will come together to network with and recruit high school seniors. Students will rotate every 20 minutes to a new company to discuss career opportunities and general workforce information. Industry representation will include manufacturing, construction, skilled trades, transportation, food/agriculture, and healthcare.
During the Power Lunch students have the opportunity to mingle and network with companies who they have interests in working for post-graduation. A lot of conversation could be heard throughout the Community Room as connections were made and advice was shared.
After the event the companies and students continue conversations and move into the formal hiring process. This year's post-survey results showed that many businesses had a lot of quality student leads to follow-up with after the event to help meet their needs of the demand in the workforce today. Great results of a successful Power Lunch!
Hometown Opportunity serves as the event sponsor for the Power Lunch. Hometown Opportunity focuses on connecting local businesses with local employees via their website. Employers are able to create a profile and post job opportunities on Hometown Opportunity’s website; Students are able to create a profile and upload their resume. The website then takes the students' resume and contact information and makes it available to companies for job opportunities, as companies are looking to fill available positions. During the event, students had the opportunity to create a profile on Hometown Opportunity.
In collaboration, Hometown Opportunity and Workforce Partnership’s mission is to create awareness that students don’t have to leave their local community or travel long distances to pursue a great career, they can be found right here in their backyard!