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Virtual Job Fair looks to lessen the stress of the hunt

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There will be no tables to set up, flyers to hand out or brochures to collect at Medina County Economic Development Corp.’s Virtual Job Fair on Aug. 10.

“There are no companies involved at all” in person, the corporation’s Economic Developer Kathy Breitenbucher said Wednesday.

“What we have done is cut out the part where the companies have to sit endlessly with nothing to do, and people have to try and make conversation with total strangers.”

Those interested in attending the Virtual Job Fair can go to any of the Medina County District Library branches and other locations to meet with job counselors who will help individuals apply for jobs.

Breitenbucher said she typically arranges the economic development corporation’s job fairs, and decided it was time to try something different.

“What I see is a whole lot of downtime,” she said.

“I see a lot of candidates unhappy. I see a lot of companies wasting time hoping somebody comes by, so we just thought this would be a way to eliminate these issues.”

Breitenbucher said the process of finding a job can be overwhelming for people.

“If somebody says to you, ‘Well network,’ well who do you network with, and how do you do that,” she said.

“That is a hard thing to do.”

Breitenbucher said there are a number of little- to no-skill jobs available in the county that pay well.

“They are with great companies that are looking for people who will come in, show up every day, do their work and progress into the company,” she said.

The Virtual Job Fair also will provide an opportunity for jobseekers to learn about different opportunities that might be outside of what they are familiar with.

“If you have never seen the work, if you have never considered doing the job, it is very difficult to picture how you can better your situation,” she said.

Breitenbucher said she is working with Medina County Job and Family Services, Employing Medina County, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates and Ohio Means Jobs, and every county resident receiving food assistance was sent a direct mailer with information about the fair.

Job and Family Services supervisor Cheryl Mason said the mission of the agency is to help people become self-sufficient.

“For those who are under-employed or not employed, we try to work with organizations like Medina County Economic Development Corp. to help our folks get employed just so they can become self-sufficient,” Mason said.

The Virtual Job Fair does not need to attract large numbers to be meaningful or make an impact, Breitenbucher said.

“If we can get even 15-20 that apply for jobs at this event, then I consider that a success,” she said.

Virtual Job Fair times and locations include:

  • Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, 1-5:30 p.m.;
  • Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, York Township, 1-3:30 p.m.;
  • Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, 1-3:30 p.m.;
  • Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St., 1-3:30 p.m.;
  • Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St., 1-5:30 p.m.;
  • Seville Library, 45 Center St., 1-3:30 p.m.;
  • Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St., 1-5:30 p.m.;
  • Medina County University Center, 6300 Technology Lane, Lafayette Township, 2-6 p.m.
Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.


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