In an effort to connect employers with potential employees who otherwise might not meet, Delaware's congressional delegation hosted a Sussex County job fair in Rehoboth Beach May 19.
This is the fourth such job fair held in the county; and 86 potential employers with 900 jobs attended. Positions included jobs in the healthcare field, construction, state employment, sales, and the food industry.
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper said having so many employers in one spot was a great thing. The goal, he said, is to help people who need jobs find them. It may not be the job of their dreams, but it's a good place to start, he said.
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons said the economy is steadily improving and the unemployment numbers are going down, but there's room for improvement. Job fairs are one place where that improvement begins, he said.
LaTisha Bracy, director of outreach and projects coordinator for Coons, set up the job fair, a service she said that is not traditionally provided by the state's elected officials. It's a good way to match different groups who seek help. Employers say they need good employees, and constituents say they need jobs, she said.
“This is a way to do tangible good,” Bracy said. “It's a no-brainer.”
Sheila Cisco, County Bank human relations director, and Tarrie Miller, County Bank branch administrator, attended even though they had no open positions.
The bank has a great presence in the community and never knows when a position may open up, said Cisco. There could be an opening tomorrow, and it's good to have people in mind to fill it as quickly as possible, she said.
Miller said the bank came to the same job fair last year with no open positions, but later filled two positions from applicants who filled out the paper work.
“We've already had a couple of very good applications,” said Miller, early in the day-long event.
Susan O'Reilly, a special education teacher with the Cape Henlopen School District, was there with a dozen students looking for summer jobs.
Most of the students are juniors and seniors, she said, and the idea is to either get them some work or create links for the summer.
Delaware State Police Cpl. Cheryl Arnold was looking for people interested in beginning the police academy in June. Arnold said the academy is nine months long, and there won't be another one until March 2015.
Not everyone meets police requirements, but it's good to get that initial conversation going, she said.