Employment expo: Job Fair returns, WorkSource Oregon offers workshop

April, 2018 Posted in Business, Community

By Mary Owen

Heads up, job seekers!

The second annual Employment Expo and Job Fair is back with a few changes. Sponsored by the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, the event is slated for 1:30 to 3 p.m. for students only followed by an open session for the public from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23 in the Stayton High School field house gym.

“The job fair is an opportunity to see firsthand the kinds of employment opportunities that are available in our region,” said Carmelle Bielenberg, chief executive officer of SSCOC. “Whether they are just looking for a seasonal summer job, part-time employment while in high school or college, or full-time post high school opportunities, we will have a variety of businesses there to meet those needs. We will also have resources and employment coaching to assist job seekers with resume writing, interviewing
and more.”

Bielenberg said the chamber surveyed last year’s participants and “are putting that feedback into action.”

“Employers asked us to host the event in April versus May to allow them time to select employees before the busy summer season thrusts them into full throttle.”

The time was also extended to allow for job seekers in traditional “nine to five” positions to be able to attend after their regular work day, she added.

“We have also added resource partners to the event to help job seekers improve basic hiring skills,” Bielenberg said. “In addition, there will be tables set up for interviewing on site or completing applications. We want this event to have a long term, positive impact on those involved.”

The chamber hopes to have 40-50 area businesses represented, and will continue to accept business registrations up until April 20, Bielenberg said.

“Last year, we had several businesses hire employees at the job fair,” she said. “Our goal is to make hiring easier on local businesses by bringing job seekers to them, under one roof.”

More than 200 students attended the first job fair, and this year the chamber hopes to exceed that number substantially, Bielenberg said.

“We know that Stayton, Regis and Santiam high school students will be attending, but we invite any students to come and look into the options available,” she said.

SCCOC’s goal is to expand the variety of employers to include food service, retail, healthcare, salon/beauty, clerical and more.

“We want people to really know what’s out there, and get people back to work or into positions that are a better compliment to their skill set and employment needs,” Bielenberg said.

Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC, loves the concept of matching businesses who need staff with folks who need jobs.

“How many of us are lucky enough to have our own ‘dating service’ when it comes to finding the right work, or finding the right employee?” she said.

On April 10, prior to the job fair, WorkSource Oregon professionals will host a free career services workshop from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Santiam Center, Sublimity. Work Readiness Specialist Ellen Ohlde, a WSO instructor, will facilitate the workshop.

“Anyone 18 and over is invited to learn about job coaching, resume assistance, vocational scholarships, customized online training, career assessments, labor market information, job search strategies, mock interviews and much more,” McKenzie said. “This is such a great way for residents living in our region to connect with WorkSource Oregon professionals and get to know one of the best resources out there for finding a job or upgrading one you already have.”

McKenzie said WorkSource Oregon has deep connections with employers in the North Santiam Canyon and all over the Willamette Valley.

“We’re thrilled that WorkSource Oregon has made the commitment to spend time in our area,” she said. “Much of this is due to the work of Kelly Schreiber, who was lured away to work for them last year and who has so many connections here with businesses of all sizes.”

Schreiber was formerly the executive director of SSCOC, and is now the on-the-job training coordinator for WorkSource Oregon.

“Most of our smaller businesses do not have human resources departments of their own,” McKenzie said, “and getting connected with WorkSource Oregon’s program is a great way to leverage their time when filling a vacant or new position.”

Mackenzie called the connection with WorkSource “a match made in heaven on both sides.”

McKenzie hopes that people who attend the career service workshop will then attend the SSCOC Job Fair to connect with employers who are ready to hire.

Bielenberg said the chamber thanks SHS for collaborating on the job fair, as well as major sponsors, Willamette Workforce Partnership, Sublimity Insurance Co., and MaPS Credit Union, and supporting sponsors, SCTC, RedBuilt, Modern Building Systems, Salem Health, Emery & Sons Construction Group, and Knife River/Stayton Rock Products.

Interested businesses can register at
www.staytonsublimitychamber.org. It is free to Stayton Sublimity Chamber members, $35 for non-members.

For information on the Job Fair, contact Bielenberg at 503-769-3464 or Carmelle@staytonsublimitychamber.org.

For information regarding the
WorkSource Oregon workshop, contact Ellen Ohlde at 503-378-4883 or
Ellen.M.OHLDE@oregon.gov.

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