PITTSFIELD, Maine — Jobs in central Maine will be available Wednesday when 45 employers and work force experts gather for the Regional Job Fair at Warsaw Middle School.
Repeat: Jobs will be available, according to Pittsfield Town Manager Kathryn Ruth, who has spearheaded the project for the third year in a row.
“Given the economy, we are very pleased with the number of employers registered to attend,” she said. Last year’s job fair attracted more than 400 job seekers, according to a press release. The number of employers participating this year is up by about 50 percent over last year.
The event, organized by the town of Pittsfield and the Kennebec-Somerset Transition Team, is free and scheduled for 3:30-7 p.m. in the Warsaw Middle School gymnasium at 167 School St.
In addition to prospective employers, experts on career services and training programs will present workshops and answer questions.
Dana Hamilton, coordinator for the Kennebec-Somerset Transition Team, a work force development committee, has spent the past year working with employers and employees. One thing she has realized is that despite the proliferation of the Internet and online job services, for some people the best results come from face-to-face contact.
“If you make that positive connection in person, the employer may be more likely to keep your name in mind or call you back,” said Hamilton, who noted that many employers also prefer a job fair setting over online services that can sometimes flood them with hundreds of applications. The Regional Job Fair will continue to register new businesses for Wednesday’s event as long as there is space available, said Ruth.
While a job fair is an informal setting, Hamilton suggested that it be treated “almost like a job interview.”
Another effect of the Internet, Hamilton said, is that fewer people are using resumes.
“The people that do have a nicely presented resume to hand out tend to kind of float to the top of the pile,” said Hamilton. “It’s another way to get an employer’s attention. Apparently nice resumes are not as frequent as people would think.”
As of February 2010, more than 8,600 people in Kennebec and Somerset counties were receiving unemployment benefits, according to the Maine Department of Labor, which estimates that the jobless number is much higher because it includes people who have exhausted unemployment resources or are underemployed.