FRAMINGHAM – So many area employers responded to an invitation to participate in this week’s Career and Resource Fair that the
South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) was forced to expand into a second meeting room and into the hallway at 7 Bishop Street.
“We originally invited 14 local employers because they had participated in our last event,” said SMOC component director of employment programs Mark Knowlton. “But before long, that list had expanded to 22 employers, making this week’s fair the largest in the event’s three-year history. And these are all employers who are actively seeking employees and have open positions to fill.”
SMOC will be hosting the Career and Resource Fair on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 1 st Floor Café at SMOC headquarters, 7 Bishop St.
The public is invited to attend this free event.
In the past year SMOC’s employment programs have resulted in 600 people obtaining work.
“The companies that will be attending this week’s job fair actually called us and asked if we could help them find employees,”
Knowlton explained. “These are companies that have job openings, and in most cases they are well-paying, fulltime positions with
benefits. We’re really pleased that even more companies reached out to SMOC to do this again.”
The list of companies who will be participating include: Adesa, Advantage Solutions, American Girl, CoWorx Staffing, Dunkin’ Donuts, Express Employment Professionals, Fed Ex, HMS Host/Starbucks, Home Instead Senior Care, Lyneer Staffing, Macy’s, Monroe Staffing, Savers, Securitas, Starbucks, Stop and Shop, Target Terumo, United State Postal Service (USPS).
Knowlton explained that employers are looking to fill part-time as well as fulltime, along with seasonal and permanent positions.
All company representatives will be able to speak on-site with qualified candidates and may advise prospective employees to go online and
fill out a job application using the representative’s name as a referral.
SMOC will have computers set up in the room so candidates can immediately fill out the online application.
In other cases, Knowlton said that company representatives may conduct an interview and hire on-site.
Target alone has 100 full and part-time open positions.
“It’s important to SMOC that these companies at our job fair are offering to provide their prospective fulltime employees with livable
wages and benefits,” Knowlton said. “At the same time, people who attend our job fair can look into resources they may need to further
their education and training, or assist with family situations and child care once they are employed.“
For that reason, the following resource agencies will be at the Career Fair: One Family, Housing and Consumer Education Center,
Fuel Assistance, HeadStart/WIC and Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, which offers a three-week certificate program for persons
seeking employment in customer service.