Wednesday, April 05, 2000

Miami University job fair popular among employers

Event runs today and tomorrow

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Butler County Job Fair 2000 is so popular that organizers are turning employers away.

        The second annual job fair begins today from 4-8 p.m. at Towne Mall in Middletown. The final day is Thursday, from 11-3 p.m., in the gym at Miami University's Hamilton campus.

        “We are completely booked,” said Don Kell, chairman of the job fair committee.

        Eighty-seven employers are registered for Middletown, and 104 for Hamilton. Employers will offer health-care, temporary, landscaping, police and fire, clerical and technical jobs.

        Miami spokeswoman Holly Wissing said a representative of the personnel office will attend both days and discuss the types of jobs available, career opportunities and benefits.

        Miami University, which has 3,300 employees in Oxford, Hamilton and Middletown, has openings regularly for office support, service and maintenance positions, Ms. Wissing said.

        “This is an opportunity to let the people of Butler County know what job opportunities we have, and what type of careers they might be able to become part of here,” she said.

        Job fairs such as Butler County's are becoming increasingly important for employers to meet prospective employees as a result of the country's tight labor market, said Mr. Kell, who works for the Butler County Department of Human Service.

        The job fair in Butler County started several years ago as a School-to-Work program, with employers trying to attract high-school seniors. It expanded because it became very popular among businesses.

        Last year, at least 70 people who attended the job fair were hired.

        In preparation for the job fair, Mr. Kell recommends that job-seekers bring a resume, prepare questions for employers, “dress for success,” and send thank-you letters to employers after the job fair.

        “We want to make this the premier hiring event in all of Southwest Ohio,” Mr. Kell said, “and I think we're close to that, if not already there.”

        Employers attending one day of the job fair are charged $100, or $150 for two days. The event is free for job-seekers.

        Alan McCoy, AK Steel's spokesman, said his company will have representatives at tending both days. Among the type of employees AK Steel will be looking for are hourly production and maintenance employees. AK Steel has 4,200 employees in Butler County.

        Sponsors are: Champion International, Consolidated Business Products, Fort Hamilton Hospital, GTE Wireless, Miami University's Hamilton campus and Towne Mall. The 20 organizers include government and nonprofit agencies, as well as educational institutions.


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