ANDERSON — Nearly 700 jobs will be up for grabs Thursday, at an event billed as the county's first major job fair since 2008.
By Monday, Anderson WorkOne said it had confirmed 48 employers for the fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madison Park Church of God, 6607 Providence Drive.
They're hiring for 689 jobs in Madison, Marion, Hamilton, Hancock and Delaware counties, running the gamut from general labor to engineering, with posts for IT and finance pros, CDL drivers, management and medical professionals (LPN, RN, radiology, home health aides, medical assistants).
And there are openings for virtually any education level, said Ed Miller, of Anderson WorkOne, whether applicants have a master's degree or haven't yet graduated high school.
He knows job hunting is tough; especially in Madison County, where the unemployment rate hit 11 percent in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — just over three percentage points above the national average.
"Job seekers, including those who are working but seeking a 'better' job, may not have the resources to make the right connection to find the job they are seeking," Miller said. "Having so many different employers, with jobs, that encompass various skill levels is one way to make that connection a little easier."
Easier still, WorkOne and the city of Anderson have arranged for shuttle service to the fair. Every hour between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., CATS buses will pick people up at the downtown terminal at 11th and Main streets, then make stops at the WorkOne office, 222 E. 10th St., and the church.
The fact so many local organizations have partnered says, "Anderson and Madison County are behind the job seekers in the area," Miller said.
"We have a diverse workforce here, willing to work, who have many skills and abilities to offer," he said. "It helps the communities in the area to let it be known that there are jobs available and that they are there to assist those job seekers, and employers, make the matches that need to be made to get qualified workers engaged with employers needing to hire those workers."
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If you go: WHAT: Anderson WorkOne job fair WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. , Thursday WHERE: Madison Park Church of God, 6607 Providence Drive, Anderson