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Mega Job Fair draws large crowd

April 20, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • The Mega Job Fair held Friday at Hagerstown Community College.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

Stephen Vanmeter of Greencastle, Pa., who will finish school at Hagerstown Community College this spring, went to the Mega Job Fair on campus Friday to look for a full-time job in the information technology field that he could work while pursuing his bachelor’s degree.

“I’m looking for anything around the area of PC, hardware, software, troubleshooting,” said Vanmeter, 26. “I was visiting First Data because they have a lot of IT jobs there.”

More than 550 people showed up for the job fair at HCC’s Athletic, Recreation, and Community Center. The event was sponsored by Herald-Mail Media, HCC, and the Washington County One-Stop Job Center.

There were 33 employer vendors in the gym and an additional 18 were providing assistance with career and educational opportunities.

Recruiters at the fair accepted resumés and conducted prescreening interviews, said Bonnie Saunders, coordinator of Internship and Job Services at HCC. The One-Stop Job Center was available to assist people with their resumes.

“With the economy the way it is, any time we can put together an event like this with our partners to help people in the area find employment, it’s a good thing,” Saunders said.

Faculty members from the college were at the event to provide information on the different career programs at the school.

Clyde Singleton of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was at the fair with an eye toward changing his occupation.

“I’m looking for initial contact to see who’s here,” said Singleton, 49, who works at Computer Sciences Corporation. “I’ve been in sales for 20 years, and I’m looking to kind of get out of it.”

The Baltimore Life Insurance Co. set up shop at the fair seeking salespeople to hire and met “quite a few” qualified people, Agency Manager Nicholas J. DiSipio, III said.

“Most of the folks have been prepared and did a little due diligence prior to coming out,” he said.

Wes Cooper, a 19-year old student at Towson University who is from Hagerstown, was interested in jobs related to criminal justice, his major.

“I’m looking for a summer job or internship to gain experience,” Cooper said. He said he met with the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and Washington County Public Schools.

Emily Graham, 18, of Boonsboro, was browsing the fair looking for a job in customer service and took an interest in Younger Toyota.

“I like cars and working with people,” she said. “The people here just opened up and talked about their companies.”

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