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Job fair connects employers with job seekers

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Area job seekers should brush off their best business attire and polish their resumes for more than 30 employers who will have tables at next week’s Job Fair.

From 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 1, employers representing healthcare, food service, retail and manufacturing will be available in the Grange Building at the Logan County Fairgrounds.

Eric Welty, who heads up the local Ohio Means Jobs office, said the sheer number of job openings in the Logan County area is one of the primary reasons to hold the event.

“We’ve heard loud and clear that companies are looking for people at levels from new hire to management positions,” he said. “Part of our mission is to connect job seekers to employers. We view both the job seekers and the employers as our customers. We want to serve both equally.”

Unemployment for Logan County was just 3.8 percent in September.

“That’s about 100 people who are looking for work,” Welty said. “Right now, it is a highly competitive market for employers to find the right people to fill the openings.”

The job fair will give the unemployed and those seeking better jobs a chance to see what is available and meet face to face with employers.

Welty and Cynthia Heffner, director of the Logan County Job & Family Services, emphasized the job fair is open to anyone. Attendees do not have to be on public assistance or meet minimum income requirements.

They have notified area JFS departments of the event and hope it will draw job seekers from the region.

There is no cost to attend for job seekers. Employers were charged $50 a table to cover the rental and advertising costs of the event.

Welty said the last job fair was in  February 2014, and the inclement weather hampered attendance and participation.

Heffner said there was some discussion to wait until 2018, but a decision was made to go ahead now.

They intend to seek feedback from the employers after the event to improve it. Welty and Heffner would like to see a job fair every year.

Ohio Means Jobs has an office at the northwest corner of the JFS building at 211 E. Columbus Ave.

It is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. weekdays to those seeking a job or looking to improve their employment. There are no income nor public assistance requirements.

Welty said the office typically has a rotation of employers who set up in the office for interviews.

Some choose to include employment processing and will hire on the spot.

The office, which can be accessed via a door off the parking lot, also can provide resume and application assistance.

Job seekers can range from people without a high school degree to those with post graduate degrees and years of experience, Welty said.

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