Hays returned to a job fair for the first time in many years after failing to find good candidates for open accounting and welding positions.
“Posting a position is no longer what it used to be,” he said. “Our Internet job postings have not been successful. We get applications from India and just other inappropriate applications.”
Job seekers are also eager to get away from online postings and want face-to-face interaction.
“This is my first job fair and I think it’s a bigger shot. I’ve applied online before,” said Miona Reagan, a Springfield resident who was laid off from a Columbus-based pharmacy last spring. “I’m hedging my bets.”
Reagan, who has 10 years experience with health care and pharmacies, said she has had trouble finding jobs because she doesn’t have a college degree. She remains optimistic that the economy will turn around and people will find jobs again.
“In health care there are always going to be opportunities,” she said.
Sinclair student Tre Hamilton didn’t share Reagan’s optimism. He has looked for jobs in the region for four months with no success.
“I don’t see it getting any better. None of my friends have jobs either and we’re all looking,” he said.