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Next week a big one for Metrowest job seekers

June 7, 2012 — Worcester Business Journal —The next week will be a big one for MetroWest job seekers.

Nearly 80 companies will be at the The Verve/Crowne Plaza Hotel Natick today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a job fair hosted by Employment & Training Resources, a career center with an office in Marlborough that serves the MetroWest region.

The companies range from private sector software, defense and retail companies to government employers like the Massachusetts State Police and the U.S. Postal Service. For military veterans, doors will open at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration is required, information for which is available at www.etrcc.com/jobfair.

And speaking of Marlborough, officials in that city are gearing up for a job fair of their own.

Spearheaded by Mayor Arthur Vigeant and coordinated by the Marlborough Economic Development Council and Quinsigamond Community College, the June 13 fair at the Courtyard Marriot in Marlborough will feature two dozen employers from the area and beyond, including Raytheon, Boston Scientific, Solar City, Brookfield Renewable Power and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. Employers from the banking, education, manufacturing and retail sector will also be in attendance. More information can be found at http://staging.marlboroughedc.com.

Debra Williams, business communications outreach coordinator for the EDC, said Vigeant spoke with residents and employers, and then enlisted both the EDC and Quinsigamond Community College to help.

“He heard the residents needing jobs and he heard companies saying they had jobs to fill,” Williams said.

The event is also open to residents of other towns.

In an announcement about the fair, Vigeant said: “I thought a job fair was the best way to build a bridge between the companies in our city and the talented residents we have who are waiting for an opportunity to come their way.”

A Natural Fit For A New Community Partner
Worcester-based Quinsigamond, which last year began offering classes in the Marlborough area and hopes to eventually open a campus there, helped organize the fair.

Peter Tamulis, a business development specialist at the college, said Quinsig aims to become known as a resource and a “natural resource” in the Marlborough area.

“It just made a lot of sense for the college to get involved to partner in that kind of event,” Tamulis said.

The college helped run a preliminary workshop last week in which more than 30 people planning to attend the job fair received free help with their resumes and interviewing techniques.

“I think anything that people can get to give them a little more confidence in how they’re presenting the material as well as themselves is really important,” Tamulis said.

He added that some of the people he worked with at the workshop had been out of work for some time.

“You can see how they get a little bit discouraged, applying for jobs and not getting much of a response,” he said,

Much of Tamulis’ job at Quinsig has him interacting with employers – trying to understand their training needs in the hopes of bringing the college on as a vendor or partner in securing state funds for worker training.

So he hears a lot about employers’ states of mind. With the job fair in less than a week, how are the employers he talks to feeling?

Depends on who you ask, he said.

“That varies from companies that are still trying to regain their footing to the companies becoming more stable and the companies that have weathered the storm,” he said. “But there’s always that concern that there’s uncertainty around the corner.”

This story originally appeared here.