Area job fair this week to feature nearly 100 companies, thousands of jobs

The Southwest Ohio Job Fair will be held Feb. 7 at Miami Valley Gaming in Warren County. It will feature nearly 100 employers seeking to fill thousands of jobs. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG/STAFF

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The Southwest Ohio Job Fair will be held Feb. 7 at Miami Valley Gaming in Warren County. It will feature nearly 100 employers seeking to fill thousands of jobs. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG/STAFF

A massive job fair being offered this week in Warren County will feature 94 employers from throughout the region.

The Southwest Ohio Job Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the grandstands of Miami Valley Gaming, 6000 Ohio 63, Turtlecreek Twp. Organized by OhioMeansJobs-Butler County, OhioMeansJobs-Warren County and OhioMeansJobs-Clermont County, the event features thousands of career opportunities in health care, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, transportation, logistics, customer service, administrative and management for all skill levels, pay ranges and experience levels.

An event of this size is typically held once a year, according to Matt Fetty, director of OhioMeansJobs-Warren County.

“With a strong economy and a low unemployment rate, businesses have a very high need for candidates,” Fetty told this news outlet. “Having almost 100 employers was expected for this event.”

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The majority of the employers for the job fair are coming from Butler, Warren or Clermont counties, with two employers coming from Worthington, one from Vandalia, one from Erlanger a handful from Cincinnati.

Registration is required at the door and door prizes will be provide by participating employers. Veterans are encouraged to attend and a lanyard will be provided thanking them for their service.

We posed several questions to OhioMeansJobs-Warren County and supervisor Michael Stern provided the following answers:

Q. What is the biggest piece of advice you would give those working to prepare themselves and/or revamp their resume before attending the event?

A: “I would recommend job seekers take advantage of services available at their local OhioMeansJobs centers. We have a resume workshop every week, and also have staff that can meet in individual appointments for career and resume coaching. These services are always free of charge and available to everyone.”

Q: Which kinds of work are seeing the most growth in terms of jobs and how many companies representing those kinds of work are represented at the event?

A: “There is broad job growth across most job sectors currently. There is significant need for qualified candidates in advanced manufacturing, logistics, health care, information technology, distribution/warehousing, retail, and food service. We have multiple companies in all of those areas represented at the job fair.”

Q: What’s the single biggest challenge you hear from employers when it comes to finding new employees?

A: “In such a tight labor market, just finding enough qualified candidates to fill all the open positions remains the biggest challenge. Trying to connect the right job seekers with these companies is a significant challenge to employers and workforce development professionals.”

Q: Social media is increasingly pervasive in all fields. Which platforms should people start learning or step up their game in and why?

A: "LinkedIn continues to be a valuable tool to connect job seekers and new opportunities. While not as trendy as Snapchat or Instagram these days, Facebook remains as a strong outlet to use due to its reach and size. Both of these social media sites have advantages due to their ability to target a large and diverse pool of both job seekers and employers."

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