Tuesday, February 21, 2012
With many companies expanding their operations, job fair organizers are hoping to fill 200 job vacancies in Cowley County.
"For us, it's very hard to find the qualified employees for our positions," said Lynn Dauber, human resources director for Creative Community Living.
Dauber said it is difficult to fill jobs that require passionate caretakers to help individuals with developmental disabilities. That was why she was excited to see a job fair open for a wide range of professions.
"A lot of people say there's no jobs out there for us to apply to. But I think it's exciting that they're putting this on for us because a lot of times, it is hard to market our jobs," said Dauber.
Students in the area also had the same misconception about the lack of jobs in the county.
"I thought there wasn't any jobs out here, at all or anywhere near here. I thought it was full. I didn't know it was going to be 200. That's a lot," said Connor Stuart, college student.
About 200 jobs from entry to skilled level positions are being promoted to those in and out of the county. Rubbermaid's expansion into the area makes up for a large number of the vacancies.
"That's why we're going outside of Cowley to look for additional people, so that we can grow our communities. So then, we'll be facing some of the challenges hopefully of growing our communities," said Kerri Falletti, director of the Cowley County Economic Development Partnership.
The Partnership is organizing its second job fair in three months. Organizers said it was because of the high demand for workers.
"It may have been that between 2010 and 2011, things have kind of just been more cautious. [Employers] really are talking about growth for 2012," said Falletti.
The Winfield job fair will be on Thursday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baden Square Community Center, 700 Gary.
The Arkansas City job fair will be on Friday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cowley College Brown Center, 215 S. 2nd St.
For more information about the job fair, click here.