Last week we had the good fortune of participating in Tampa’s Signing Day Career Event.
Organized locally by Hillsborough Community College and hosted by Port Tampa, the event brought attendees face-to-face with more than 40 employers from across the Tampa Bay area. The diverse group of industries represented covered a wide spectrum of opportunities, from Hospitality and Health Care to Private Construction and Public Service.
In total, over 230 potential candidates were able to meet hiring representatives, discuss their interests and qualifications in person, and take the next step toward a uniquely common goal: personal and professional fulfillment.
My original interest in the event related to a client we are currently supporting. The date was about six weeks ahead of their hiring timetable, a little too far to recommend reserving a booth. It was Kristofer, our Marketing & Media Specialist, that first suggested we participate as TSHAMRELL.
"Why don't we attend?” he asked. “We could offer something to support both the attendees and the employers. It’ll be a great way to do something for the community.”
So, we did. It was a fantastic day-long event, a festive atmosphere that included a visit from Tampa’s Mayor Jane Castor and lunch provided from two unbelievable food trucks.
Our role, as Kristofer suggested, was to pay it forward. We sponsored two separate raffles: one for attendees offering five lucky winners a Personal Development Planning Session with TSHAMRELL (a $144 value). Included within the prize is a 30-minute consultation, plus a copy of our 4 Step Guide to Personal Development Planning, a 20-page workbook designed to help you master turning objectives into actions.
The second raffle was for participating vendors, a Customized Half-Day Workshop with TSHAMRELL (a $1700 value). Workshop content could include a standard selection from our Catalog of Services or address an opportunity totally unique to an individual team and environment.
Vendors at these events are familiar with being asked for prizes to give away. Many were surprised at the chance to win one for themselves. “You mean, this if for us?” was a common question throughout the day.
When the dust settled after a busy day of chatter, it was time to draw our winners:
Congratulations to WEHR Constructors, one of the largest contractors and construction managers in the Southeast, who will receive a Customized Half-Day Workshop. Their selection proves that it does pay to be first: Cindy, a Talent Manager from their Tampa office, was the first vendor to contribute her business card to the raffle.
We look forward to partnering with WEHR on a fantastic and impactful event.
Congratulations to the winners of a complimentary Personal Development Planning Session:
Shirley A. | Frankie M. | Joel D. | Tiara M. | Cheryl W.
Our randomly selected group represents a cross-section of attendees, featuring diverse generations, backgrounds, and career interests. Their one common goal is to gain meaningful employment and place themselves in the best position to grow and develop.
Appropriate, since that is a shared goal of ours.
Thank you to the many sponsors of Tampa’s Signing Day Event. We look forward to working with all of our winners, and to our next opportunity to engage with your team.