PIQUA — Job seekers will be the ones marketing themselves at the Reverse Job Fair being held in Piqua next week on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Fort Piqua Plaza.
“It’s extremely successful,” Justin Sommer, economic development director and assistant city manager of Piqua, said. The layout of a Reverse Job Fair allows job seekers to set up booths and displays, staying in one spot to hand out their information and discuss their skills.
“They’re the ones at the booth, and the employers are coming up to them,” Sommer said. Job seekers are able to get one-on-one time with the employers walking around. The employers are able to move around and “are able to make effective and efficient use of their time,” Sommer explained.
During the first Reverse Job Fair that Piqua hosted, there were over 80 job seekers and 70 employers in attendance.
“We expect the same sort of attendance this year,” Sommer said. “It is definitely over 30 percent that were hired.” According to Sommer, there are still people getting hired from that Reverse Job Fair.
“The employers are still able to sign up,” Sommer said. The job seekers attended a training course with Ohio’s Department of Jobs and Family Services in order to participate in the event, so job seekers are no longer able to sign up.
“We certainly encourage employers to come and participate next Tuesday,” Sommer said.
The event is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services along with Grow Piqua Now, the Piqua Chamber of Commerce, and OhioMeansJobs. This Reverse Job Fair will feature job seekers and employers in the Skilled Labor, HR, IT, Accounting, Engineering, and Manufacturing fields at the Fort Piqua Plaza on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For questions or for more information, email ReverseJobFair@jfs.ohio.gov or visit piquaoh.org.
Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall