Employers range from banks to food industry at Washington County One Stop Job Center fair

May 18, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Tyler Nolan, left, of Falling Waters, waits in line to speak with representatives from Volvo Powertrain during a job fair held at Washington County One Stop Job Center.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

More than 200 people turned out Friday looking for jobs with 15 employers at a job fair at the Washington County One Stop Job Center in Hagerstown, according to job center Supervisor Cinda Quail.

Michael Payne, 21, of Hagerstown visited the fair at 14 N. Potomac St. with an open mind about his options, but he said he is good with construction.

“I’ve built bird houses from scratch,” he said. “I’m very good at building stuff.”

Payne, who is unemployed, said he found out about the job fair on the Internet and was looking for whatever he can find.

“I’m here trying to seek a job because I really need one,” he said. “I’ve tried my best and hardest to find a job here today.”

Employers at the fair ranged from banks to community work to the food industry.

Representatives from Jimmy John’s, a sandwich restaurant scheduled to open in Hagerstown on June 12 at 1723 Dual Highway, were looking for potential employees.

“We’re new to the area, and we have about 25 open positions,” said Brian Campbell, the store’s franchise owner. “We’re looking for delivery drivers and people to work in the store.”

Campbell, who has lived in the area for seven years, said he was encouraged by the people showing up at the fair.

“We have a lot of good applicants coming in,” he said. “A lot of quality people have stopped by to introduce themselves.”

Gary Shank, 49, of Clear Spring said he was at the fair to apply for a job with Volvo Mack Trucks.

“I’m currently unemployed; I used to do masonry for the last 27 years,” he said. “With proper training, I know I can catch on quick.”

The service providers at the fair were Hagerstown Community College and the Washington County Free Library. HCC also used the fair to recruit people to take part in its new cybersecurity program.

“We’re looking to attract any unemployed person that might be looking to retrain and maybe fine-tune the current skills that they have,” said Melissa Yourich, an HCC cybersecurity recruiter and lab technician. “Right now in cybersecurity, there are not enough employees to fill positions.”

Yourich said the program, which will begin in the new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, building at HCC this fall, can be helpful to people looking for jobs in the future.

“I would advise people looking for jobs to definitely enroll in the program. We have the certificate program that can be completed in exactly one year,” she said. “Just recently a huge defense contractor contacted Hagerstown Community College because they are looking and seeking out employees in cybersecurity.”

Jamil Abubakar, 50, of Hagerstown is unemployed and was looking for a job in real estate, security or accounting.

“My experience so far is in computers and accounting,” he said. “I’ve made some connections at the fair today, and I’m going to fill out an application today.”

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