By Richard Rourk
Jobs are rebounding according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reports 8.1 million jobs open on the last business day of March, in the United States.
To help residents of Unicoi County connect to the rebounding economy, the Erwin Record is partnering with the Unicoi Chamber of Commerce to connect employers with job seekers during a job fair set for Friday, May 21.
Unicoi County is on par with the rest of the United States when it comes to job openings. “We had a local manufacturing industry call a few weeks ago and said they had several job openings and they were having a difficult time finding applicants,” Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Delp said. “When industries call us for help you know there is a need.”
The Erwin Record eagerly embraced the chance to work with the Chamber to stage a job fair for Unicoi County.
“We are very excited to be able to partner with the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce for this 2021 job fair,” said Lisa Whaley, publisher of The Erwin Record. “We are Unicoi County’s newspaper. Our goal is to not only reflect what makes this community special, but also to help it grow and flourish. Being able to play a role in the Chamber’s job fair was an opportunity we couldn’t ignore and we will be looking for more such opportunities in the future.”
According to Whaley, the timing is perfect for the job fair. “It has been a tough year for all of us, but things are looking more hopeful, so the timing couldn’t be better,” Whaley said. “Our businesses need workers, and our workers need good jobs.This fair brings everyone together in one place.”
After speaking with representatives from one local manufacturing company, Delp soon realized that there were many of the regional manufactures having the same issue. “We kinda brainstormed and thought that a job fair would be the way to go in helping these manufacturers fill jobs,” Delp said. “We were fortunate enough to partner with The Erwin Record in collaborating on this event.”
According to Delp, the response from both employers and potential employees has been great. “We have already had 16 businesses sign up and they range from service industry jobs, to medical to manufacturing jobs,” Delp said. “There are jobs for every skill level. We even had one person that is an RN from out of town looking to relocate and has sent us her resume, which we sent to two of our area medical providers.”
Delp announced that there will be plenty of incentives for job seekers. “We will have something special for the first twenty five applicants,” Delp said. “Several of the businesses will have different promotional gifts as well.”
According to Delp, there will be a diverse group of employers on site. “We have jobs from the manufacturing industry, we have representatives from the healthcare industry and there will be several small businesses there,” Delp said. “We actually have a couple of nonprofits that will be hiring. We have jobs for all skill levels with a variety of salaries.”
The Job Fair will be held at the Unicoi County High School Cafeteria, 700 South Mohawk Drive, Erwin, starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 21.
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