Archive for Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Area companies hold job fair at Lawrence Holiday Inn

March 16, 2011

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Kelly Evans, executive director of Trinity In-Home Care, left, visits with Lillie Okwuone, center, and Tashawna Hampton, about job opportunities at Trinity. Several employers, including Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Goodyear of Topeka and Motorola Mobility attended the Northeast Kansas Marketplace Job Fair Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the Lawrence Holiday Inn.

Kelly Evans, executive director of Trinity In-Home Care, left, visits with Lillie Okwuone, center, and Tashawna Hampton, about job opportunities at Trinity. Several employers, including Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Goodyear of Topeka and Motorola Mobility attended the Northeast Kansas Marketplace Job Fair Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the Lawrence Holiday Inn.

Though the economy is beginning to show signs of recovery, the road to employment can still be rough, as those attending a career fair at Lawrence’s Holiday Inn on Wednesday can attest.

Fifteen companies from around the region attended, including Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Pinnacle Career Institute.

The event was sponsored by the Journal-World.

Most of those companies were looking to hire people for several full-time positions.

“We’re always looking for good people to add to our nursing staff,” said Teresa Prochaska, Brandon Woods’ human resources director.

The retirement community was also looking for workers in housekeeping, food and beverage service, and various other roles.

Prochaska said participating in these sorts of job fairs were beneficial because of the mix of people that they draw.

“Seeing other employers is always good, too,” she said.

The economy is showing some promising signs, said Keri Rodriquez, an employment consultant at Cottonwood Inc. She was at the career fair working with clients. She works with people who have barriers to employment such as disabilities and limited work experience.

Rodriquez has been seeing more of her clients land interviews.

“In the last couple of weeks, things have been opening up a bit,” Rodriquez said. “Still, every job seems like it has hundreds of applicants.”

For many who are still unemployed, however, such as 60-year-old Norman Colwell of Ottawa, the recovery seems like it’s taking a long time. He’s been out of work since July.

“It’s just no end in sight, really,” he said of the country’s economy. “I’ve got several upcoming interviews, so we’ll see how it works out.”

Comments

overthemoon 4 years, 3 months ago

Would have been nice to see this BEFORE it happened!!

amrose42683 4 years, 3 months ago

No kidding! I don't need it but I know several people that could have benefited.

sulliedotcom 4 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, JWorld, for letting me know after the fact.

vishnuteja84 4 years, 3 months ago

What a great news and that too after it was over! Don't tell me it was a surprise!

jayhawk9 4 years, 3 months ago

I agree... the search engine sucks. My dad called me about it as he gets the paper and saw the announcement of the job fair. I tried to find it online but couldn't and tried to search for it. Nothing.

shorttrees 4 years, 3 months ago

It would definitely be helpful if there was a column in the print edition and a spot on the front page of the web version LJW with "Happenings in Lawrence" or "Today in Lawrence/tomorrow in Lawrence" listings of all that is going on around town/area. And any nonsense of "use Lawrence.com" is crap--that site is not user friendly.

LJW---Just give us a daily list that people can check quickly to know what events are going on, and WHEN, and WHERE and any other important details (hours, cost, etc.). Make it simple. It would help locals and visitors alike.

May Soo 4 years, 3 months ago

St. Patrick's Day Parade today at 1pm at South Park.

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