BELFAST – Hundreds of people looking for jobs got a little extra help today. The Belfast Regional Job Fair provided community members with a way to get connected.
In today’s world, everything is accessible through the internet. But with unemployment low, business owners are finding it difficult to find qualified employees to fill positions.
“We’re hearing from a lot of employers that it’s hard to find good employees,” said Thomas Kittredge, “We felt this was the right time to put out a Regional Job Fair and really leverage all of our networks to be able to make sure people are aware of this event and connect employers with potential employees.”
The Belfast Regional Job Fair didn’t just employers. It also provided those looking for work with a venue to jobs in the area.
“Waldo County in general is undeserved in this region,” said Khristina Landers, a business representative for Workforce Solution, “There are a lot of people who need our services.”
Not only can you fill out a job application but you could also meet business owners face to face. Some even providing onsite interviews.
“…They get to come to our table, whether they planned to see us or not,” said Tina Delsanto, the owner of Delvino’s, “They kind of get interested and see if they are a better fit for us.”
“If an employer can’t find employees, they are not going to grow,” said Kittredge, “We are helping in any way that we can to find them. It’s great for the economy and region.”
The Maine Department of Labor and Workforce Solutions provided people with resources to help with job placement assistance.
“People love to talk to people,” said David Grima, a Employment Training Specialist, “So getting employers and job seekers in the same room – everyone says that’s the ideal way of doing it.”
This job fair also inspired those who already have a job.
“I’ve been doing real estate investment for years, and making a living,” said Brandi Moore, a job seeker, “But it’s not my passion. I reached a certain age that life is short and I want to get back and do what I love – and that’s nonprofit.”