Centralia.Works Job Fair A Success

August 16, 2018

Job Fair a Success! The 2nd annual job fair the City of Centralia held on June 20th, 2018 was an overwhelming success according to City Manager Dan Ramey. According to Ramey the 1 month post-job fair survey indicates

1. 107 Job Placements achieved a job by the employers after one month of the job fair

2. 30 local employers registered

3. 28 employers attended

4. 25 of the 28 employers that attended responded to the survey

5. Employers rated the job fair 4.56 (out of 5) average score

6. 80% of the responding employers found good job candidates

7. 72% of responding employers had hired people within the first month

Mayor Tom Ashby stated the employers had 246 immediate job openings to be filled at the beginning of the job fair of which 107 people have already been hired. Out of the 260 job seekers hoping to find their first job or looking for a new career direction. Mayor Ashby stated that many jobs are still available and urged people to visit the City’s website at www.centralia.works. Ashby stated the City will continue to promote to get new employers into our area but we will also continue to work with our existing employers to retain and hire new employees. This year’s job fair was a great success which connected talented workers with employers looking to hire. We were happy that we doubled our number of employers attending this year’s event and look forward to sponsoring another job fair in 2019.

“This year, we also gave away a laptop computer to one of the job seekers that attended the job fair,” said Mayor Ashby. The winner was Taylor Hirsh and the laptop will be presented to her at the City Council meeting on Monday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. As a result of her attendance at the job fair, Taylor was hired as a CNA at Fireside House. “The job fair was an excellent event and Taylor has quickly become an outstanding employee for us,” said Kathy Berck, Administrator for Fireside House of Centralia. Both Taylor and Fireside House will be recognized by Mayor Ashby at the City Council meeting.

Kala Lambert, Economic Development Director, indicated that the local employers will still have approximately another 300+ full and part time job openings during and by the end of the year that employers wish to get filled.

Ramey stated that there is no “silver bullet” in economic development and agreed with Mayor Ashby that our area is in need of qualified individuals and the City will continue to attempt to attract skilled and qualified individuals back to our town by new housing, new streets, renovated and new parks, and yearly expanded parades and festivals, as well as have a great new high school and Kaskaskia College.

Greg Sutton with Tec Services, who assisted with the event, indicated that post fair responses from employers indicated they felt moving to the larger gym area in the Rec Center was nice to give everyone more room. He stated comments were all complimentary of being one of the best job fairs ever attended and employers were complimentary of how organized the event was and how helpful the staff was to help job seekers including helping them with resumes, applications, or computers.

Ramey states that the job fair each year is the finalization of many site visits that Economic Development Director Kala Lambert and himself or Mayor has had with local employers discussing their needs. He states that the city has urged the employers to consider working with the high school to get part time employees that may continue full time after they graduate if they decide not to attend college.

Ashby said he is pleased that the City of Centralia took 1 day to help get 107 jobs to individuals in our community again this year and wants to thank all the employers who attended and set up booths as well as thank Tec Services, City Manager Ramey, Economic Development Director Kala Lambert, and the entire City staff for their hard work and commitment in making this year’s job fair a huge success.