Agen­cies join­ing forces to host job fair

Event geared for job seek­ers from western Ch­ester, east­ern Lan­caster coun­ties

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

The Western Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Lan­caster Work­force De­vel­op­ment Board and PA Ca­reerLink are join­ing forces to help job seek­ers in western Ch­ester County and east­ern Lan­caster coun­ties.

The agen­cies will host a job fair on Thurs­day, Aug. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hous­ton Run Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 825 Hous­ton Run Drive in Gap.

“Rather than hold sep­a­rate events as we have done in the past, we de­cided to com­bine events,” said Donna Steltz, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Western Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce. “It makes sense, since com­pa­nies in western Ch­ester and east­ern Lan­caster coun­ties are of­ten pulling from the same pool of can­di­dates for jobs.

“We’re all work­ing to­gether to help busi­nesses fill their em­ploy­ment needs,” she said.

It’s not nec­es­sary for at­ten­dees to pre-reg­is­ter for the free event, ac­cord­ing to Steltz. She does en­cour­age job seek­ers to come to the event pro­fes­sion­ally dressed and armed with copies of their re­sume.

“They should also come with their minds open and be ready to ex­plore new op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she added. “Be pre­pared to share your re­sume, and your unique skills.”

The event, ac­cord­ing to a flyer, will give em­ploy­ers ac­cess to a large num­ber of can­di­dates, while “job seek­ers have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore new em­ploy­ment op­tions.”

As of Fri­day af­ter­noon, Steltz said 17 em­ploy­ers and or­ga­ni­za­tions had com­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event, in­clud­ing: Shady Maple; AJ Blosen­ski; Dutch­land; Shut­ters & Sand; SECCRA; Ci­tadel; JD Eck­man Inc.; Adecco Staffing; Esh Com­puter Inc.; Paulson­bilt; Penn Medicine Lan­caster Gen­eral Health;

Bill Mullen Elec­tric; Free­dom Vil­lage Brandy­wine; Krapf Trans­porta­tion; PA Ca­reerLink; Western Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Lan­caster Work­force De­vel­op­ment Board.

Steltz added that busi­nesses look­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the event can sign up un­til Tues­day, Aug. 14. Busi­nesses in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing can reg­is­ter by vis­it­ing www.west­ernch­ester­

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