Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Want work? Come to job fair

50 area firms will be hiring

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — More than 50 Northern Kentucky companies are coming together for what is being billed as the region's first major job fair.

        The event will be May 16 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center, 1379 Donaldson Road in Erlanger. Representatives from about 50 companies will have jobs from entry-level positions to careers for professionals.

        With a growing economy and unemployment rates hovering around 3 percent, local companies are constantly scrambling to fill jobs, said Nancy Gililland, vice president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's Workforce Development Collaborative.

        “Companies are realizing the need to be proactive in their recruitment efforts,” Ms. Gililland said.

        The chamber has joined with the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Tri-ED), the region's job-recruitment agency; Adecco, an employment agency in Florence; H.H. Gregg, a chain of appliance and elec tronics stores with locations in Alexandria and Florence; and Employment News, a Cincinnati publication specializing in career news and help-wanted ads.

        The group is “listening to the region's employers attempting to combat the issue of low unemployment and increased demand for a qualified work force,” Ms. Gilil

        land said.

        “The positive response of this job fair is a product of (the) group's commitment to tackle this issue,” he said.

        Among the companies scheduled to participate: American Express Financial; Brighton Center; CitiBank; Delta Air Lines; DHL Airways Inc.; Fidelity Investments; Fifth Third Bank; Holiday Inn; Hilton hotels; Marriott hotels; Remke Markets; Sachs Automotive; St. Elizabeth Medical Center; TANK; and H.H. Gregg.

        Application forms will be avail able and some companies plan to conduct on-site interviews, Ms. Gililland said. Applicants can also bring a copy of their resume.

        Many area employers have said their greatest challenge is finding qualified workers. The latest unemployment figures for March show rates of 2.9 percent in Boone County, 3 percent in Campbell County and 3.3 percent in Kenton County.

        New jobs are also coming into the area. Last year 203 companies added 27,339 jobs in Northern Kentucky, according to figures from Tri-ED.

        TANK will provide free transportation to the job fair from three area locations:

        • One Stop Career Alliance Center in the Florence City Building at 8020 Ewing Blvd.

        • Newport Shopping Center at the intersection of Monmouth Street (U.S. 27) and Carothers Road in Newport. The normal schedule will be followed.

        • Covington Bus Terminal in the new county parking garage at Madison and Third streets. The normal schedule will be followed.

        For more information, contact Ms. Gililland at 578-8800.


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