Thursday, February 01, 2001

N.Ky. chamber recruiting youth

Job fairs, Web site will be used to lure young workers here

By Patrick Stack
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        To help local companies reduce the number of unfilled positions, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is launching a campaign to bring more young workers to the Tristate.

        The chamber's new Outreach Committee is looking to attract recent high school and college graduates, as well as outgoing military personnel.

        It plans to use job fairs and a new Web site starting Feb. 7.

    Here are some of the job fairs where Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce representatives will appear:
    Feb. 12-16: Virtual Job Fair, University of Cincinnati
    Feb. 14: Quest for Success Fair, Northern Kentucky University
    Feb. 19-March 2: Virtual Job Fair, University of Kentucky
    Feb. 20: Spotlight On Employment, Lexington
    March 16: Diversity Across Careers Fair, Xavier University
    March 23: Indiana Collegiate Job Fair, Indianapolis
    March 23: Ohio (High School) Grad's Job Fair, Cincinnati
    March 28: Thomas More College Job Fair
    May 11: Northern Kentucky High School Students Job Fair, Covington
        Tristate companies are reporting a shortage of qualified workers to fill vacant positions, said Nancy Gililland, vice president for work force development with the chamber.

        As more companies relocate and hire more workers, the pool of available applicants will spread even thinner, she said.

        To alleviate the shortage, representatives of the chamber will attend job fairs at schools and military bases as far away as Fort Bragg, N.C., and the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Ind.

        Volunteers will hand out ma terials promoting the diversity of job opportunities in Northern Kentucky and social activities in the Cincinnati area, with a focus on attracting trained young people, Ms. Gililland said.

        “We have an abundance of job opportunities in a variety of fields, from entry level to high tech,” she said.

        The new Web site,, which is not yet operational, will feature links to such local companies as Fidelity Investments, Toyota, Cinergy and Fifth Third Bank.

        The site also will let visitors post resumes and companies post job openings online.

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