Herzing University hosted a win-win job fair Wednesday that offered 20 employers exclusive contact with students seeking internships, work and a chance to earn scholarships or tuition discounts.
The five-hour event allowed employers, many of whom were healthcare industry companies, a chance to meet with students who want to continue their education while seeking part-time or full-time work. While it was also open to the public, most of the attendees were students or those who had recently graduated.
Most of the employers said they appreciated the opportunity to meet many types of job prospects they wanted for their companies. They came offering multiple jobs, many of which featured flexible schedules.
Some were handing out flyers that read “Interview today! Start working immediately!” They also were offering paid training, medical and supplement insurance and weekend bonus plans.
During the first hour, some employers said they had already talked with nearly a dozen students, some of whom were passing the recruiters on their way to classes.
Kim Dyer, recruitment and engagement coordinator with Home Instead Senior Care, a Racine company, came looking for people to fill home care positions. As a non-medical health service company, job seekers didn’t need to have a medical degree or experience.
Another in-home care company, Home Helpers of Southeast Wisconsin, also was seeking non-medical caregivers. Katherine LaFreniere, a partner with the firm, sought people to work all shifts.
“If you have a passion for people. They don’t have to have a degree, or experience,” she explained. “We want people who care about helping people. We can train them.”
Meanwhile, The Addison of Pleasant Prairie, a medical services company, was looking to hire licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and certified nurse assistants.
Cavell Samuels, a talent recruiter and developer with the Center for Urban Teaching, was at Herzing seeking full- and part-time teachers and summer interns who would work with high school students who will transition into college.
Doheny’s, a swimming pool and supplies company, had immediate job openings for people to work in the call center. It also was seeking people to fill delivery driver, warehouse manager, customer service and warehouse associate positions.
“We’re getting into our busy season and we need quite a few people,” said Jorie Zakutansky, a Doneny’s recruiter.
Herzing’s director of career development, Kristen Hoffman, said the university has a partnership arrangement with vendors who attend the three-times-a-year job fairs. The partnership has created a scholarship fund for students who want to continue their education.