Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Government groups look for workers

By John Eckberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Unemployed workers or others looking to change careers might find some wide-open opportunities Wednesday at a daylong Government Job Fair.

The lineup of agencies includes the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Social Security Administration, Veterans Administration, Hamilton County Board of Elections, Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Hamilton County Sheriff and Cincinnati Police.

In all, 15 agencies will have representatives at the event.

The job fair runs noon to 8 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave.

More than 2,000 job seekers looking for a career in public service at the local, county or federal levels attended last year.

"We were overwhelmed last year. We had hoped for 1,000 people but when people were lined up at noon and it was steady all day, we were pleasantly surprised," said Sue Denny, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration.

Greater Cincinnati Federal Executive Board and Hamilton County are event sponsors. The event also received a grant from the Seasongood Good Government Foundation.

Depending upon the agency, there are likely to be some open positions.

"But what the federal government is looking for is to fill positions in the future or, at least, the near future," Denny said.

"People are looking for opportunities where they can. My guess is that we will have a similar turnout to last year."

Many governments are facing a potential work-force crisis, she said.

"We know that 20 percent to 30 percent of the federal work force are likely to retire by the end of 2005," Denny said.

"It is a retirement wave that is expected to last through the next decade. This is our way of planning for that."

If you go

• What: Government Job Fair.

• When: The second annual event is from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

• Where: Xavier University Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave.

• Sponsors: Greater Cincinnati Federal Executive Board, Hamilton County, Seasongood Good Government Foundation.

Last year, more than 2,000 people came to seek work with government agencies.

E-mail jeckberg@enquirer.com

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