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Record turnout at third annual job fair

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE – More than 500 local and area residents, with resumes in hand, attended the third annual Marlborough Works! Job Fair held Oct.  8 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough. The event, which was hosted by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), drew businesses from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, biotech, retail, education, healthcare, hospitality, defense, banking, sales, marketing and alternative energy.

Jobseekers turned out in record numbers at 3rd annual Marlborough Works! Job Fair

Deirdre Butts, a registered nurse educated at Mass Bay Community College, attended hoping to find a position.

“I have been out of my field for a while, taking care of family and I am ready to go back to the nursing field,” she said. She noted she was grateful for the opportunity to network.

An employee of The Home Depot for the past 12 years, Ronald Sawtelle said he is ready for a change.

“I enjoy working with customers and feel very qualified to be a customer service specialist,” he said with business cards in hand, ready to talk with potential employers.

With the holiday season upon us and a need for seasonal opportunities, Bridget Bell, a Contracts Relations Specialist at FedEX, was meeting with potential drivers and handlers for positions in the company’s warehouse.

“This year’s job fair surpassed all my expectations,” said Mayor Arthur Vigeant who was at the event greeting jobseekers and talking with company personnel. “The strength of our local business community and high caliber of our area residents was on full display.  I look forward to continuing my work with the City Council and Marlborough Economic Development Corporation to recruit even more businesses and new opportunities to our city.”

Pleased with the attendance, MEDC Director Tim Cummings said  “We want nothing more than to place our local talent with new and existing local businesses which is why we are extremely happy to see such a record turnout at the job fair. “

Participating employers included Ambri, Boston Scientific, Digital Credit Union, Embassy Suites Hotel, GE Healthcare, IPG Photonics, Ken’s Foods, Lumenate, Marlborough Hospital, Marlborough Savings Bank, Noon Turf Care, Park Place Technologies, Prudential Financial, Quest Diagnostics, Rutland Manufacturing, SanDisk, Weetabix, Preston Productions, Gardens Are, Inc., Renewal by Andersen, Vivint Solar, API Technologies Corp., Xand, FedEx Ground, and WaterSep Technology Corporation.

This article by Joan Simoneau originally appeared here.