The virtual career fair is the result of a partnership with several local as well as regional and state organizations and agencies. Those involved include the Dayton Development Coalition, the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education and JobsOhio.
Amy Donahoe, director of Workforce Development with the Chamber of Greater Springfield, said that JobsOhio is putting dollars behind efforts to have these types of job fairs throughout the state. The aim is to help employers who are having trouble filling open positions due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have employers that are actively hiring right now. But it is very hard when people are social distancing or are not able to connect (due to the pandemic.) This creates problems in terms of having a mass hiring event,” Donahoe said.
Donahoe said that the chamber has held several remote hiring events, however, they were with individual employers and were held over Zoom. She said that having a virtual career fair on their own would be too costly.
Marcia Bailey, with the Champaign Economic Partnership, said that ideas of having some type of virtual job fair began earlier in the year following a statewide stay-at-home order that was implemented in March.
Bailey said her organization was looking at different platforms that would allow them to host a virtual event that would connect a number of employers with job seekers. She said to go through with those efforts on their own would be too costly.
However, conversations with the Dayton Business Coalition and the realization that JobsOhio was looking to hold these types of events as well as provide funding made a virtual job fair a possibility for Clark and Champaign counties.
The idea is to attract companies that represent what has been in-demand fields such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, healthcare, financial services, food and agribusiness, information technology and logistics and distribution.
Registration for the event is open until Nov. 17. Those interested in participating can register at soche.org/vcf.