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Calumet Township Host Job Fair

citizen | 11/28/2011, 11:21 a.m.
For the third year in a row, State Rep. Robert Bob Rita (28th Dist.) and...
On November 17, 2011, hundreds gathered at the Calumet Township Center awaiting the chance to hand off their resumes to potential employers. Photo: Abbrea Stiffend

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The event was hosted by Tamela Noel, president of a Chicago-based communication firm The Idea Group Inc., which specializes in assisting businesses develop methods that strengthen their business, enrich and motivate their employees and engage their customers. Photo: Abbrea Stiffend

For the third year in a row, State Rep. Robert Bob Rita (28th Dist.) and the Calumet Township hosted their annual Job and Health Fair last week, where hundreds gathered awaiting the chance to hand off resumes to potential employers.

This job fair will provide local residents with an opportunity to meet and interview with employers, develop job seeking skills, and find a good-paying job, said Rita. Our fair last year drew 1,500 job seekers, and we expect even more job hunters this year, he continued.

An assortment of over 30 vendors participated in the fair. The event was hosted by Tamela Noel, president of a Chicago-based communication firm The Idea Group Inc., which specializes in assisting businesses develop methods that strengthen their business, enrich and motivate their employees and engage their customers.

Metro South Medical Center, a hospital with roots deep in the Blue Island community, offered free health screenings to job seekers.

Thirty minute professional training seminars were also offered entitled Networking and How to Work a Job Fair. The seminars were presented to help job seekers navigate through the fair and to also sharpen their job interviewing skills.

In addition, job seekers were allowed access to computers to fill out online applications for jobs available businesses who participated in the fair.

I think this job fair was the most helpful one that Ive been to in a long time, said Kimberly Winfield, a Blue Island resident. Ive never been to a fair that has given seminars on how to effectively acquire a job and the businesses present were giving valuable information.

The fair will be mutually beneficial to both employers and job seekers alike, said Rep. Rita. If one person receives a job from this fair then it would have made a difference, he added.

To contact Rep. Ritas office please call 708-396-2822 or 708-291-1288.

By: Abbra Stiffend