Monday, September 11, 2000

Job fair seeks aviation workers

By John Eckberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A nationwide worker shortage is bringing Greater Cincinnati an aviation job fair.

        Would-be pilots, baggage handlers, marketers and flight attendants are being sought at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington on Friday and Saturday.

        “This is the biggest opportunity in the aviation industry to come to Cincinnati in some time,” said Jami Staples, director of marketing for Aviation Employee Placement Services. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company maintains a database of potential airline workers.

        “We expect to have about 28 companies from the aviation industry represented there with a variety of opportunities available,” she said.

        A scarcity of entry-level workers nationwide means a caravan of aviation companies is coming to the center to recruit for hundreds of high-tech and low-tech jobs.

        Free airline privileges and an opportunity to globe-trot are valuable perks that many companies in the airline industry can offer potential workers, she said.

        The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

        The Northern Kentucky Convention Center is at 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd.

        Pilot seminars occur throughout the day Saturday with companies such as TWA, Delta Air Lines and Comair organizing the events.

        “There are literally thousands of mechanics' jobs that are open across the nation,” Ms. Staples said.

        AEPS is the largest provider of aviation career services in the world with 100,000 applicants registered worldwide in a company database.

        About 6,000 recruiters are registered users of the database.

        Aviation exhibitors at the AirFair are expected to include Airborne Express, Airline Training Center Arizon, US Airways Express, American Eagle Airlines, Delta, Comair and other commercial and air cargo companies.

        Aviation job fairs have been held in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale and Dallas.

        “What the industry really needs are entry-level people,” Ms. Staples said. “There is a huge need for flight attendants, customer service representatives, crew scheduling and marketing specialists — areas where people do not need an aviation background at all.”


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