Job seekers crowd the aisles
during the Workforce Development job fair at
Waukesha County Technical College on Wednesday.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
PEWAUKEE - Diversity was a word often used to
describe the job fair at Waukesha County Technical College
on Wednesday - from the mix of employers with booths to the
job seekers and their skills.
About 140 companies and 950 job seekers
attended the three-hour event held by the
Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development, Inc.
that represented various industries, including health
care, manufacturing, construction, technology and
Teri Zielski, human resources manager for
Briggs & Stratton, said she was impressed with the
diversity of those in attendance. While Briggs &
Stratton was focusing more on finding people to fill
manufacturing roles, she said she was getting asked
about professional positions as well.
“There’s a good mix of people with
specialties,” Zielski said.
For those who stood out as strong
potential workers, Zielski was inviting them to a Monday
hiring event at Briggs & Stratton in Wauwatosa.
It’s much easier to find an employee to
do assembly work than to fill a more technical position
like machine maintenance, she said.
Job seekers crowd around the
Quad/Graphics booth during the Workforce Development
job fair at Waukesha County Technical College on
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
Briggs & Stratton is expanding its
manufacturing operations, Zielski said, and did a round of
hiring in January with more rounds likely in June and
At the Interstate Sealant & Concrete,
Inc. booth, HR Manager Kathy Eckhardt said she was
looking for “road warriors” and construction laborers.
There are openings at ISC in Waukesha,
although Vice President of Operations Garret Burleson
said it can be difficult to find a person with the right
job skills to be part of the workforce or a supervisor.
It’s also important to him that they have strong soft
skills, such as good manners and dressing appropriately.
Employers are looking for personal
responsibility in the workplace, but also in employees’
personal lives, he said.
Work has increased for ISC as the economy
has picked up, Burleson said.
A supervisor in the road construction
industry can expect to make between $50,000 and $150,000
annually, he said.
“It’s one of the industries that is up to
the person and how much you put into it you can get out
of it," he said.
Francisco Sanchez, president of the WOW
Workforce Development, Inc. Board, said employers had
told him they were pleased with the volume and mix of
people attending Wednesday’s job fair.
“We try to get people jobs and employers
really need people. And that’s more of a priority than
anything else," Sanchez said.
Yan Ling is getting a job certificate
from WCTC and already has a bachelor’s degree from
Australia. Ling said she was nervous Wednesday because
English is her second language, but she was hoping to
find someone who would offer an accounting internship in
order for her to gain more experience.
“There aren’t too many jobs in
accounting,” she said about what she was finding at the
Christina Salimes of Brookfield attended
the job fair with Holli Bastow of Waukesha. Salimes, a
Carroll University graduate with a degree in psychology
and communications, said she was open to anything.
Positions at Fred Astaire Dance Studio at Roundy’s
appealed to her.
A debate she has been having with friends
is whether to hold out for a better job or to take
something for which you are overqualified.
Bastow said she was checking out the job
fair Wednesday so she could be properly prepared when
the next one is held.
She said it has been difficult to find
the right job that pays well and has opportunities to
move up in the company with her artistic skills set.