Older Americans Month celebrated with Mature Workers' Job & Career Fair

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Akron/Fairlawn Hilton will be the site of Mature Services' Employment & Training Solutions biggest job fair of the year on May 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mature Workers' Job & Career Fair provides a forum where employers and mature workers can meet face-to-face to discuss job opportunities. .

Approximately 40 employers will be present at the job fair and admission and parking are free. "The object of this job fair is to bring together employers who are interested in hiring mature workers because they appreciate the strong work ethic they possess," explained Paul Magnus, vice president of Workforce Development for the agency. Typical attendance is in the 700-800 range, and a Job Fair Guide provides attendees with a map to locate the individual employers.

This is the 24th year the agency has sponsored this event, and "We continue to offer it because it works. Many older job seekers worry about age bias when applying for a job, but this is one place where they know that will not be an issue because only employers who are interested in hiring older workers attend the event," Magnus said.

Co-sponsors of the Mature Services' Job & Career Fair include the Akron Beacon Journal, General Electric, Ohio Means Jobs Summit County, US Bank and ComDoc.

In addition to the employers, there will be four free workshops: 10 a.m.: Resources for Company Research; 11 a.m.: Secrets to On-Line Applications; noon: Small Business Development Center on Starting Your Own Business; and 1 p.m.: Social Media, LinkedIn and Job Search Strategies. A Computer Application Station also will be available, and a Resume Experts booth will have professionals to answer your questions.

Mature Services is a non-profit organization that has been keeping pace with the changing needs of older adults since 1975. Services include employment and training programs, home delivered and congregate meals, addiction and recovery, mental health counseling and volunteer opportunities. To learn more, go to www.matureservices.org.

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