AKRON, OH - A steady stream of 450 mature job seekers began filing into the main ballroom at the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton for the 24th Annual Mature Workers’ Job & Career Fair on May 15. The event was hosted by the Mature Services’ Employment and Training Solutions program, a division of Mature Services, Inc. and funded through the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
Lowe’s, Sterling Jewelers, Akron Children’s Hospital, Casnet, Hattie Larlham, Thomas Limousine and All Around Sports were just a few of the 40 employers looking for mature candidates. Positions ranged from bookkeeping, account representative, STNA’s, automation engineer, CNC welders, university faculty and more which created a diverse pool of jobs and specialties for mature workers to consider.
“Job fairs offer an excellent opportunity to meet new employers, establish networking relationships, and discuss openings at particular companies in a relaxed setting,” according to Don Zirkle, Training and Placing Supervisor for Mature Services’ Employment and Training Solutions. “One of the goals of our job fair is to break down the barriers between a job seeker and an employer and promote communication and networking, and this goal was definitely accomplished at this year’s Job & Career Fair. We couldn’t be more pleased with how greatly this event turned out,” Zirkle said.
Four free workshops were also offered throughout the day, thanks to the participation of Dana Beezley-Kwasnika, Chris Walker, Jim Griggy and Jo Ann Wetzel. Topics covered everything from starting a small business to learning how to use free library resources and accessing job opportunities through social media. Job seekers and employers interacting.
“We are fortunate to have sponsors like US Bank, Ohio Means Jobs Summit County, G.E.Retail Finance, ComDoc and the Akron Beacon Journal who help to make this event possible.” said Paul Magnus, Vice-President of Workforce Development at Mature Services. “It’s good to see so many employers and companies recognizing the contribution mature workers make to our community.”
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, homecare services, addiction and recovery, mental health counseling, and volunteer opportunities. To lean more, call 330-253-4597, or go to www.matureservices.org.