LIMA — The job fair developed by Ohio Means Jobs could only be deemed a success. The UNOH Event Center had two rooms filled with prospective employees and employers.
Joe Patton, Director of Ohio Means Jobs Allen County, was very pleased with the event. “It went very well. We have staggered the schools so we could keep the flow going for the employers. We did a lot of marketing for the general public. We’re planning on doing one next year. It’s kind of a sweet spot for us because kids can go straight to work in two weeks. So I can say, ‘All right, got your application. I’m calling you in two weeks. After you ding that graduation bell you can come on in.’
We’re really encouraging all, even the schools that came and brought all their students, even their college-bound ones because we want to get them in that summer job, to make some good money so they can bank that and get them through the school year and then keep coming back home to do that. Then when they graduate, we want to capture them back here in the community,” Patton said.
Ty Gerlach, a robotics student at UNOH enjoyed his experience. “It was fun. I met a lot of new businesses. A lot of new people to talk to. I talked to three or four different companies. I go to class at UNOH for robotics. There’s been a couple to talk to like GROB and VK Tool. I want to go into robotic maintenance somewhere eventually. Or somewhere in the electrical field.”
Nyah Hodge Miller was looking for a summer job involving heavy equipment operation. “I’m finding jobs are offering heavy equipment positions such as Hume Supply. I just got done talking to Hume Supply.”
When asked about his experience Miller said, “I did it when I was a kid with my grandpa and my brother. We did a lot of drainage tiles and we’d move dirt for people. Then I came to Apollo, I have a year so far, I have a year of experience.”
A lot of employers shared an abundance of information with many hopeful employees, and a lot of employees were able to share information with employers. A fruitful exchange of information is just what a successful job fair should be.
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