WILKES-BARRE — A career fair isn’t just where job seekers go to find employment.
It’s also a venue where people can get back on their feet by finding just the right program or service.
Tucked in the back of a ballroom Tuesday at the Times Leader Career Fair was Denise Stalica, director of the Mature Worker Program, which is offered through the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.
According to Stalica, the program is for people 55 or older who are, as she put it, “having a hard time making ends meet.”
These people, who are struggling due to a layoff, unexpected expenses post-retirement, or other setback, can get help finding a paid internship with a nonprofit where they learn new job skills.
Stalica said the fair at the Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel & Conference Center was a productive outing. She was able to familiarize herself with some new employers that people in her program could apply to work at.
By midday, Stalica said numerous people had asked for information on the Mature Worker initiative.
Many others were at the fair to directly visit with employers.
Arnie Dommes, service manager at Vector Security, said his company is looking for candidates to fill multiple positions in sales, installation, service, and at the company’s call center.
Thanks to the career fair, Vector — which has an office in Wilkes-Barre — was able to schedule a handful of interviews.
“It opens the door to some people who might not know who we are,” he said.
Hailey Tee, who recently moved to Pittston, might not have been looking for any of the jobs Vector was offering — she was trying to find a home health position — but she noted the career fair led her to “quite a few” possibilities.
“I think this is the best way to find a job,” Tee said.
Times Leader Media Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kerry Miscavage said the day was a success, calling the fair “well-attended.”
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