Roman, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, speaks with Erin Beyer
and Rosanne Kopet, who were representing TRN Technical at a
job fair held at WCTC on Thursday.
— As Wisconsin’s unemployment numbers continue to drop,
employers were all the more eager to find qualified workers at a
job fair on Thursday.
Workforce Development Center Job Fair, a biennial event hosted at
Waukesha County Technical College, is aimed at connecting area
employers with hundreds of job seekers.
first half-hour of the three-hour event was reserved for veterans
to connect with employers, while the remainder of the fair was
open to the public.
and hiring managers came from a variety of industries, including
customer service, health care, hospitality, information
technology, logistics, manufacturing and sales.
estimated 600 job seekers attended the event, including many WCTC
students poised to graduate next month.
Catherman, president of the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce
Development Board, said the event helps address a pressing need
for area employers.
know there is an increasingly tight labor market here in the
greater Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington county region, so our goal
is to bring together in one space as many employers as can fit and
bringing them together with qualified job seekers who are ready to
get to work,” she said.
said the event brought in 145 companies, with many more on a
the first year the event has designated a time for veterans to
participate in the fair.
know that veterans play a huge role in the workforce and we want
to honor their service and give them an extra half-hour to
network,” she said.
Anderson, an account manager at Aerotek, a staffing agency, said
there are plenty of vacancies, which has given candidates their
pick of jobs.
are hiring right now so we’re trying to find the best talent and
that’s what we’re here to do,” he said. “We have tons of
openings right now and it seems to be a candidate’s market, so
candidates can be kind of picky.”
said the event gives job seekers an extra edge as they are able to
make a personal connection with a prospective employer.
and more we see job applications completed online,” she said.
“... But being able to talk to a company face to face and make a
first impression that you may not get if you’re submitting an
application online or email, is huge and an employer will remember
some cases, employers interview candidates on the spot at the
fair, and some seekers even walk away with an offer.