Hundreds attend Carbon County Job Fair in JT
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Job Fair held at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe and sponsored by Pennsylvania Career Link and the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation drew 25 employers and hundreds of job-seekers hoping to find employment.
Instead of traveling all around the area looking for employment, thanks to the Carbon County Job Fair held at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe, the employers came to the public, all in one location.
The event was sponsored by Pennsylvania Career Link and the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation.
Present were 25 employers such as, KME Fire Apparatus, Precision Roll Grinders, Nestle-Purina Petcare, Nestle Private Fleet, Bayada Pediatrics, Pencor Services, Federal Bureau of Prisons, PA State Civil Service Commission, Express Employment Professionals, PA Army National Guard, Technical Process & Engineering, Inc, Youth Services Agency, Heritage Sign & Display, Express Employment Professionals, UDS Independent Living, Blue Mountain Health Systems, United States Army Recruiting, Highwood, Inc, McCann School of Business & Technology, VA Veterans Health Administration, United States Cold Storage, The Hershey Company, Split Rock Resort, Coordinated Health, Finishing Trades Institute, and Auto Zone, Inc, as well as 9 community/partners that were in attendance.
Organizer Shannon Eidem of Pennsylvania Career Link noted that "the job fair was for the entire Carbon County community."
"We have several of Carbon County's largest employers here and some from outside the county in surrounding communities such as Hazelton and Allentown which are a close commute for a lot of the people in our area."
"We also we also have some federal employers such as the Federal Bureau of Prisons from Waymart and the VA medical Center of Wilkes-Barre."
"There are some very good opportunities here"' she added, " this is a chance for people to network with and meet face to face the people who are going to be doing the hiring."
A lot of people sat at tables filling out applications as some of the companies were doing on-the-spot interviews and others were just taking the applications.
Applicants can then talk to them so that when they go back to their office and look at the applications, they can put a face to the application and applicant now has a name to contact.
People could not only come in for employment but also for advice such as from the veterans educational adviser who was there to answer any questions about education benefits.
According to Shannon Eidem, "the unemployment rate is 9.3% in Carbon County, one of the higher ones in Pennsylvania."
"So we have a lot of unemployed and we really need these job fairs to get these people connected with employer so they can get back to work."
"We had a really good turnout. In the morning there was a huge rush, but it has been fairly steady throughout today."
The job fair was scheduled to ruin from from 11am to 4 pm. and as of 2 o'clock there were over 300 people who have visited it.
Eidem finished by saying that "Career Link is a place where where people can come to get resumes and interviewing skills and we have tons of workshops to help them prepare for that job interview and get the job they're looking for."