London and Area Works Job Fair
- 2,800 positions open
- More than 80 businesses looking
- Agriplex building, Western Fair
- Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“It is a good time, currently, for job seekers. There are a lot of options out there.”
A job fair offers “a personal touch” where job seekers can be seen and meet face-to-face with prospective employers
“It is difficult to look for work when you are dealing with a website and computers, not humans, are looking at your resume,” said Chambon, who is from France.
We are seeing employers looking for people. It is a good business environment. We have had a lot of expansion and upgrades,” said Debra Mountenay, executive director of the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board.
“This highlights the importance of workforce development in economic development. The economy has bounced back from the (2008) recession. We know employers are expanding, growing, adding technology, and this is driving a demand for workers,” said Kapil Lakhotia, chief executive of the London Economic Development Corp.
“If you look at the major trends, building, manufacturing, and employment are all up, and all these grow the economy. The demand drivers are there.”
Digital Extremes, a London gaming company, is looking for about 25 workers including a “weapons artist” and a job fair is ideal for helping fill those offbeat, unusual positions, said Heidi Flynn, human resources director.
“It is the most success we have had, year over year,”
“It’s more about the awareness of the positions when you are looking for a very specialized role. We won’t find it at a job fair, but it will build awareness, word of mouth, and that will help us find amazing candidates,” said Flynn