Job seekers anxious for work

Lineup forms outside job fair

Anna Machado (left) and Shelby Moore both spent Tuesday afternoon looking for jobs at the multi-sector job fair held at the Aud. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER)

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A collection of job seekers formed a line at the doors, patiently awaiting for the job fair to start at the Aud in Simcoe last week.

Murmurs of the difficulties of job hunting came from different people in line.

Within a few minutes, the group entered the multi-sector job fair run by Fanshawe College in partnership with Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development on .

A total of 68 employers and two service providers were in attendance with plenty of positions that needed to be filled.

Shelby Moore, a job hunter, has been looking for work for a few months without much success.

“Honestly, at this point it’s not a picky thing, I just need a job,” said Moore.

Fellow job seeker Anna Machado is in the same situation.

“I’m looking for pretty much anything. I’ve been looking for almost four months now and jobs have been really hard to find,” said Machado.

Blue Elephant restaurant, Cedarwood Village, Causyn Cooling and Heating, Grand Erie District School Board, and Community Living Access were just a few of the employers with booths at the fair.

“If our social media tells us anything we can hope for a good turnout. We’ve had thousands of people follow and share our posts,” Lisa Savoy, job developer at Fanshawe College, said about the expected number of job seekers.

“We’re hoping that every employer has a productive day,” she added.

One employer told her they would be happy to leave with one or two resumes because it is more than they would have received if they were not at the fair.

Norfolk’s jobless rate, which is estimated every three months, was at 6 per cent in March. It has been sitting around this figure for the last eight or nine years.

Chloe McConnell, marketing director at Long Point Eco-Adventures, said they are looking for a night time crew member to look after maintenance.

“Our ideal candidate would be outgoing, definitely environmentally friendly, and adventurous,” said McConnell.

Tara Wilson, pack line supervisor at The Apple Place, said they currently have 15 positions available.

“We’re looking for apple packers, that’s the starting position,” said Wilson.

They are looking for employees that are reliable, team players, and detail oriented.

Haldimand-Norfolk Reach was at the event looking to fill their 11 student summer placement positions.

“It will definitely help the students gain experience in the field,” Tessa Pepper, family respite coordinator, said about the available placements.

The job fair was run from 1-6 p.m. on April 30. Employers said their websites list job openings for people that were unable to attend the event.

astaylor@postmedia.com

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