More than one-hundred job seekers attend.
MAIN STREET JOURNAL – A total of twenty-three companies representing more than three-hundred openings were on hand at this year’s second Marlborough Works! Job Fair, held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough on Tuesday. More than one-hundred jobseekers attended the free event, which was organized by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as part of Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s ongoing efforts to increase local employment.
Prior to the Job Fair, about fifty attendees took part in one of three free Interview Workshops, run by MassHire Framingham Career Center, where they learned approaches to interviewing and how to best sell themselves.
Hiring representatives from a number of local manufacturers, retailers, hotels and various other companies looked to fill entry-level and mid-level positions. GE Healthcare Life Sciences, Quest Diagnostics, Apex Entertainment, Target, Macy’s, TJX Companies, IPG Photonics and Stanley Steemer were among the employers, many of which were looking to fill a dozen or more local jobs.
Held annually since 2012, the Marlborough Works! Job Fair became a semi-annual event last year, when employers expressed interest in having separate fairs for positions requiring different levels of education and experience. In May, MEDC and the city held a Job Fair that focused on life sciences, biotechnology, high technology and other industries that require higher levels of education and more years of work experience. By contrast, the fall Job Fair centered around service, retail, hospitality, manufacturing and other industries that typically hire for positions that require little-to-no experience and, often, no more than high school education.
“Over the years, we have adjusted the format of the Job Fair in order to better match employers and job seekers,” said Mayor Arthur Vigeant. “This year, we broke up the fairs by job levels to give residents and other job seekers a better opportunity to learn about jobs that fit their experience and skill level. It is always great to see a large turnout and we hope some job seekers found the right match.”
MEDC Executive Director Meredith Harris added, “When moving or expanding to a new location, companies want to know that they will find the right talent to run their organizations. Similarly, when people consider relocating to a new city, one of the very first considerations is job availability. Marlborough can offer both of these groups the peace of mind that they have a high chance of finding what they are looking for here.”
Among the companies in attendance, Quest Diagnostics was recruiting to fill more than forty openings. “We like coming to these local job fairs, because they give us local people who are close by,” said Quest Diagnostics Manager of Specimen Processing, Kathy McAvenia. “We are a 24-7 corporation, so we need to have people that are available to come in the snow or in the rain. Most of the time we’re looking for third shift employees and living close by really helps out.”
More than one-hundred companies have moved to or expanded in Marlborough over the past six years, bringing roughly 7,000 jobs to the city.
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