Attention job seekers!
That is the title for the 12th annual Wyandot County Career Expo that will take place from 12-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Upper Sandusky Bingo Hall.
“We have 22 hiring employees and nine educational institutions that will have tables set up to look over resumes and to go over financial aid,” said Josh Anderson, Job and Family Services workforce development supervisor.
“The main point of this whole job fair is to connect people to open positions,” he added. “We have positions that are being recruited in general labor … and in the field of manufacturing as there is a lot of demand in those fields right now. We also have skilled-type jobs, like nursing and home health aides.”
Other areas of hiring will include farming, state highway patrol, truck driving, media outlets, office and administration and engineering.
JobSolutions of Wyandot County and the Upper Sandusky Area Chamber of Commerce are putting on the event, while the Rotary Club will be adding a new feature to this year’s expo — mock interviews.
“You get immediate feedback,” chamber Director Kathy Tolle said. “A lot of times with interviews, you walk away, not get hired, but you don’t know what you did right or wrong. With this, people will go through the interview process and get immediate feedback about whether it was your dress, vocabulary, eye contact or what you can do to raise your hirability, anything that will help them do a better job.
“We’re the ones trying to hire people, therefore we want to help people become better at being employable and this is a way to give back to the community,” she added.
Those leading the Rotary Club in conducting the interviews are outreach project co-chairs Bob Beach and Vicki Orians.
“We’re going to help do the (practice) interviews and will be available to help do an interview to give them tips as to what they can improve,” Beach said. “We’ll spend about 20 minutes with each person and we’ll give them feedback and what they might do better, whether skill set, resume, hand shake or anything that may help them be more employable.”
While it is recommended to call ahead and schedule a practice interview time, there should be openings the day of the event as well.
“We have people on call if it gets too busy,” Orians said.
If someone wishes to do a practice interview ahead of time or wishes to do one outside of the expo, Anderson said JFS staff is always available.
“It’s a service that’s offered through One-Stop and our resource room, so it’s not like this is the only time this service is offered,” he said.
While there will be hiring employers from outside the county as far away as Cleveland, the majority of the employers are within Wyandot County or the surrounding counties.
“There are many positions available for immediate hire and some companies will be ready to hire on the spot,” Anderson said. “Come dressed for success and be ready with resumes and cover letters. Obviously the first impression means a ton and this is the first impression. Come in thinking you are getting a job.”
To reserve a spot for a practice interview or for more information, contact Anderson at 419-294-4977, ext. 233.
By PATRICK MASSARA