METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – Aiming to continue lowering the city’s unemployment rate and get locals back to work, the city and several area companies will partner for the fifth annual Marlborough Works! Job Fair later this month.
After hearing from a number of Marlborough-based companies that had jobs available and wanted to hire local residents, city officials and the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation first organized the fair in June 2012 to connect job seekers with those companies.
“It gets people in the room with these companies,” said Mayor Arthur Vigeant. “We do have companies that have jobs available.”
Representatives of upwards of 30 companies, including DCU, Oyo Sports, Ken’s Foods, TJX and LFB Corp., are scheduled to attend the fair on Oct. 27. The fair typically attracts between 400 and 500 job seekers, said Meredith Harris, executive director of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation.
Thanks to an influx of corporations expanding or moving into the city the past few years, including GE Healthcare Life Sciences, TJX and Quest Diagnostics, the city’s unemployment rate has decreased by 44 percent since August 2012. The city’s rate stands at 3.2 percent, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
“We’re really excited about that,” said Vigeant.
Although the unemployment rate has steadily declined, Harris said there are still a number of unemployed city residents and several positions that need to be filled.
“I’m very proud to say that through the efforts of Mayor Arthur Vigeant and MEDC, Marlborough has created more than 6,000 new jobs and slashed the unemployment rate by nearly half in just four years, but our work is far from done,” Harris said in a statement. “Our goal is to not only continue helping businesses create new jobs in the city, but to make every effort to fill those jobs with Marlborough residents. That’s why we are bringing the Marlborough Works! Job Fair and career workshop back for a fifth year.”
The job fair is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the ballroom at the Courtyard by Marriott. Attendees are encouraged to register online in advance to avoid long lines and bring a copy of their registration for a chance to win a free laptop.
For more information and a full list of companies attending visit www.marlboroughedc.com/jobfair.
Along with the job fair, a free Linkedin workshop will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites to help job seekers understand how to market themselves to prospective employers. Workshop attendees are required to register in advance by visiting www.marlboroughedc.com/jobfair. The deadline to register is Oct. 16.
This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.