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Job fair a 'good start' to hiring process

Residents look for local opportunities

May 08, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Workforce Central hosted their annual spring job fair on Thursday, May 5, at their Southbridge location inside American Optical Plaza, and 18 local employers from Southbridge, Whitinsville, Dudley, Worcester, Webster and Putnam, Conn., met with potential employees for jobs such as machine operators, warehouse workers, food service managers, customer service, claims department, school bus drivers and call center operators.

"I will say that this particular job fair, as compared to two years ago, had more employers signing up quicker, which is a good sign," said Kathy Joy, a Workforce employee. "We have a good variety of jobs lined up for today as well. It's a good way for people and businesses to connect. Very few people get hired on the spot, but it's the way to start the process."

One of the key aspects of training that Workforce Central gets involved in with the people they serve are their résumés.

"We do a lot of work with people for this and their job search so that their résumés and their ability to communicate what they can offer is really key," said Don Anderson, director of all three Workforce Centrals. "When people first get laid off, not only are they in a state of panic, but they don't know how to speak to their own skills. You don't normally think of what you do during the day other than you can just do it. We help you analyze what you have done, what you can offer to an employer, how to frame that message to your next potential employer, understand the pitfalls of interviews and how to present yourself properly."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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