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70 seek jobs at SHINE
Job fair continues today

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

An official with SHINE Systems & Technologies said he was “very pleased” with the 70 job seekers who came to the job fair Monday, and he is hoping “to get at least that many more” at today’s job fair.

“It was a very good day,” said Scott Bradshaw, the company’s director of technology. He said a lot of “very qualified” candidates attended, including candidates for administrative and financial positions.

“Everybody today came résumé in hand and ready to talk. That’s what we need,” he added.

Today’s job fair for SHINE Systems & Technologies also will be at Baymont Inn and Suites (formerly the Jameson Inn), 378 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The company is a consulting firm that helps clients with research and development, software engineering, business and military intelligence, biometrics, technical training and administrative support, according to a joint news release from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. and the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

SHINE hopes to open a “Solutions Center” in Martinsville-Henry County, creating 50 or more jobs over the next three years, according to the release.

The company immediately needs seven to 10 employees and at least 25 more within two years, the release stated.

Open positions include office manager, administrators, training developers, law enforcement trainers, software engineers, business analysts, information and technology (IT) and server specialists, the release stated.

The local center would specialize in biometrics and Open Source (from public sources) Intelligence, supporting law enforcement initially and then expanding as needed, the release stated.

Laura Cary, business services manager for the chamber, advises candidates to dress professionally — suits for men and business suits for women — and to bring up-to-date résumés.

Applicants do not have to pre-register to attend the job fair; they can just show up, Cary said. People unable to attend the job fair may email their résumés to However, Cary strongly urges job seekers to go to the job fair so that interviewers can match the applicant’s résumé with a face.

Larry Law of Martinsville went to the job fair Monday in search of a well-paying job.

“I want a better opportunity,” he said, adding that he is a grill cook at a fast food restaurant. He has worked there three years.

He said he has had a number of other jobs over the years, including lift-truck driver, manufacturing production worker, and recreation department worker. He has a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration and a minor in fine arts, he said.

Annette Lawson, career center director at National College, said she talked with a company official about whether any of the available jobs would be a good fit for students who have graduated from or are enrolled in the college’s information systems engineering associate degree program.

“I was impressed with them,” she said of the company. She added she will be sending the company more information.

SHINE has offices in Charlottesville, Tysons Corner and Shenandoah, and serves customers throughout the country and internationally, according to the release.


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