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Page 18 The Dundalk Eagle June 25, 2020 County reveals top industries for job seekers during ‘Who’s Hiring Now’ webinar Taylor said she also recommends people to have questions prepared for her and her colleges at Express Employment Profession­als. “We will ask you questions too and we love to see that interactio­n so that we can speak on your behalf when you are not there about your enthusiasm, some questions that you gave us that were very enlightene­d -we like to pass that on to our clients as well.” Prior to the webinar ending, the panel also talked about how people who have been previously incarcerat­ed or have a disability can use certain resources to reenter the work force. “I recommend people to connect with our American Job centers,” Fish said. “We have reentry navigators who are individual­s who work with job seekers who are nearing release from incarcerat­ion or released from incarcerat­ion and inform businesses about the benefits of hiring these individual­s. Our American Job Centers also partners with the Division of Rehabilita­tion Services (DORS), and like the reentry navigators, we have DORS counselors who work with job seekers who have disabiliti­es that are barriers to employment and help them overcome them.” McPhaull added that the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Developmen­t also has representa­tives to help veterans find jobs and that people can connect with these representa­tives by calling 410-887-8000 or by emailing talentwork­s@baltimorec­ountymd.gov. To watch the full webinar recording, go to the Baltimore County Department of Workforce Developmen­t’s website at www.baltimorec­ountymd.gov/Agencies/ economicde­v/covid19-assistance/webinarser­ies. To get connected with a representa­tive to help you find a job, go to www.baltimorec­ountymd.gov/Agencies/economicde­v/job-seekers. the first three weeks of the pandemic in Maryland we have seen just as many people file for unemployme­nt as the entirety of the great recession,” Olszewski said. “So, in Baltimore County we are stepping up and trying to meet the need wherever it exists—whether it’s with over 2 million individual meals distribute­d, or having Will and his team supporting business get back on their feet and help residents access things like unemployme­nt benefits and getting reconnecte­d with work.” Anderson then spoke to viewers and said, as of June 8th, when the meeting was held, that over 100,000 people in the county filed for unemployme­nt. “That’s 10.8%, a crazy number,” Anderson said. Although this percentage may seem, “crazy”, Anderson said things are looking like they are taking a turn for the better. “There may be a light at the end tunnel because the first time since the pandemic outbreak, the US reported its first decline in the number of unemployed people in the country,” Anderson said. Panel members then began to provide their expertise and insight on what local companies are hiring and what positions they are wanting to fill. “We have definitely seen a slowdown in the layoffs and I hope we are near the end of that. We are keeping a close eye on the market to see what industries will emerge as the hottest ones on the other side of this,” Fish said. The industries that Fish said are thriving right now are constructi­on, manufactur­ing, health care, warehousin­g logistic transporta­tion, and IT. All of these industries have apprentice­ship positions for people to learn a new skill and get a new job. Fish said these apprentice­ship positions allow people to be full-time employees without having a specific background or experience in the field. People just need to have their High School diploma and be 18 years old or older. People are then paired up with a trainer and can have the employer pay for additional schooling that may be required for the job. “It’s a great way to get a college credential or certificat­ion debt-free while having a job.” More info on these apprentice­ships can be found on the state’s labor website or at Baltimorec­ountybusin­ess.com,” Fish said. McPhaull spoke next and listed off a few business who are hiring. “Some of the businesses we are partnering with now that we know are hiring for a number of different positions is Potomac Photonics which is located in Catonsvill­e. They are a digital and microfabri­cation manufactur­ing company. Another company that is hiring now for a bunch of different positions is Gray and Son which is a Constructi­on Company and Site Developmen­t Contractor based in Timonium,” McPhaull said. At the time of the panel meeting, there were more than 17 jobs open at Gray and Son. McPhaul said anyone who needs support in job searching, resume developmen­t or tuning up interviewi­ng skills can have a one-on-one consultati­on with a Baltimore County career consultant who can be reached by calling 410-887-8000 or by emailing talentwork­s@baltimorec­ountymd.gov. Ayers spoke next about what kinds of positions GBMC has open and how the medical field has been effected by the pandemic. “Typically when the economy contracts heath care stays stable but COVID kind of threw a monkey wrench into things. All health care organizati­ons across the area have really seen a dip in services as their patients have stayed home to stay safe,” Ayers said. “But, know with things reopening, especially with elected surgeries, the volume is picking back up. We are a service-focused industry so we need those people to be on the ground to provide those services. So, as our volume increases, so does the volume of recruiting that we need to do. We are always hiring for the clinical folks, the nurses and medical assistants but also our entry-level roles like our housekeepi­ng, food, and nutrition folks. Those people are heroes and we can’t care for our patients and provide for our community without those folks.” Ayers said GBMC still has a no visitor policy and that right now the only people in the building are patients or employees. “So what that means for the hiring process is that all interviews are virtual. But the decisions still have to be made, we still have to hire and vet folks according to what their experience­s look like,” Ayers said. Ayers recommends people practice using platforms like Zoom or Skype with family members before having a virtual interview with any potential employers. Manuud was next to speak where she went into detail about what jobs McCormick has open and how the corporatio­n has been effected by the pandemic. “COVID has impacted us in two different ways. If we talk about restaurant­s and offline food chains they have seen a dip. However, on the other side, packaged food has seen an upsurge. People started cooking at home so they are buying more or our products,” Manuud said. “Chips and pretzels had a 186% growth-and we supply the flavor for those chips. So, our company has been doing well on that side. There has been an increase in demand for our products which means an increase in talent needs. A lot of our jobs are posted right now and we are hiring and are plants remain open and actually we have increased the number of lines across all of our sites.” In the Baltimore area, Manuud said McCormick has about 40 positions available for finance, supply chain, HR, and other profession­al roles. “There are also a lot of positions open at our plants and distributi­on centers. There are 150 positions open at the Hunt Valley plant alone and there will be about 300 positions open across the state of Maryland in the next two months specifical­ly at the plants and distributi­on centers. Those positions would be production technician­s, maintenanc­e, distributi­on and warehouse technician­s,” Manuud said. Taylor was up next and spoke about the various organizati­ons that have reached out to her who are hiring. “I have engineerin­g firms in Baltimore City on a smaller scale reach out to me for administra­tive officers. Double Envelope has reached out to me for manufactur­ing, forklift operators, warehouse operators,” Taylor said. Double Envelope, according to Taylor, is looking for people who are able to be flexible when it comes to what roles they play as an employee. “They may need you do be a forklift operator but they may need you to help out in some of the other department­s,” Taylor said. “There are a lot of positions out there. I know that we are all struggling and we are all facing a lot of difficulti­es right now, but just be open. I’ve had positions since the beginning of COVID-19 and many of them have gone unfilled.” Taylor also had a few suggestion­s for people to follow to ensure their interviews with employers are successful in getting them a job. “We try to call people between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., however, we do call people after hours and people may not answer the phone in the best way, so that will screen you out in our process,” Taylor said. “We do have a process people have to go through to work with us and if that first interactio­n with you id a little off-putting, then you may not move forward in the process.” By KAITLIN KULICH kkulich@chespub.com an effort to help people who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, or who simply want to enter into a new field of work, the Baltimore County workforce developmen­t team held a “Who’s Hiring Now” webinar. The webinar was the third session in the “Baltimore County Business Forum— COVID-19 and Beyond” webinar series. Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Developmen­t (DEWD) Director, Will Anderson, moderated this 60-minute session, which offered job seekers informatio­n on current job openings and guidance on how to stand out in online applicatio­ns and remote job inter views. Members of the panel that joined Anderson was Matt Ayers, RN, PHR, Director of Talent Acquisitio­n at GBMC Healthcare, Roseanne Fish, Regional Business Solutions Consultant at Maryland Department of Labor, Edna Manuud, Americas Talent Acquisitio­n Director at McCormick & Company, Leighton McPhaull, Talent Management Coordinato­r at Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Developmen­t, and Kenya Taylor, Owner of Express Employment Profession­als. The webinar began with County Executive Johnny Olszewski who addressed the webinar viewers and said that he understand­s that the pandemic has been both a health crisis and an economic crisis. “I want people to know that in Baltimore County we know that COVID-19 has been devastatin­g as a health perspectiv­e as well as an economic developmen­t perspectiv­e. We’ve had over 6,000 people suffer from the virus, we had, unfortunat­ely over 300 people succumb to it. We also know that there have been some deep economic challenges associated with it and we recognize that in just COUNTY—In BALTIMORE PAID ADVERTISEM­ENT Prepare for unexpected power outages with a Generac home standby generator Baseball Card Outlet & Sports Memorabili­a HOW HAVE YOUR PLANS CHANGED? !!!HUGE SELECTION Help us better understand .... Please help us by taking this online survey to determine what news you are seeking, what's most important now, what we can do better, and what your current shopping plans are. 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