The Kenosha News Spring Career Fair drew recruiters from dental services, trucking firms, health care providers and more than 50 companies who all came with several job openings they needed to fill.
The career fair, hosted at Gateway Technical College’s Madrigrano Auditorium through a partnership of the Kenosha News, ResCare Workforce Services and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and its local Job Center affiliates, drew a wide variety of employers, filling the auditorium Wednesday.
Companies were seeking people with all levels of education and experience — some preferring college degrees and professional experience, while others were looking for entry-level and trainable workers.
Some of the usual notable employers such as Kenall Manufacturing, Uline, Froedtert South, the United States Postal Service, Aerotek, Kirsan Engineering, RCK Foods and GoRiteWay, a transportation company, all came looking for drivers.
Recruiters for many of the companies said they were looking to fill jobs right away — displaying signs and handing out flyers with bold letters declaring “Now Hiring” and “Jobs Start Immediately”.
Doheny’s, a pool supply company, recently hired 150 people and currently is looking to fill another 100 jobs for its warehouse and call center. Mars Cheese Castle co-general manager Michael Ventura said the company is seeking people to help out during the summer tourist season. They need to fill sales, stock and many other types of positions.
Familia Dental, which has offices in Kenosha and Racine, had several open positions. Mario Zuniga, community relations coordinator for Familia Dental, said they need to fill positions in both locations. They need dental assistants, orthodontist assistants and front desk people.
The Wisconsin Veterans Home was seeking certified nursing assistants, licensed and registered nurses, a security officer and a therapy assistant. Recruiter Racheal Harris said she had 20 open positions.
While the employers seemed to be out in full force, the number of job seekers were not as plentiful during the first two hours of the event, which usually draws more than 300 people.
Some job seekers who came to the event — like local resident Cameron Emmerling — already had positions, but came to see if they could find a job that may offer a different type of work, better pay and benefits, or in Emmerling’s case, to find a second or third-shift job in order to spend more time with his toddler.