‘Extraordinary’ job fair set April 15

MILFORD – “Come dressed in your best shirt,” Michael Sullivan advised, eagerly encouraging those looking for a job or a better job, to attend the upcoming Working Pike Job Fair.

Real, solid job opportunities are being promised, with over 60 companies from Pike County and surrounding counties in three states coming together Friday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Job Fair will be at the Best Western Inn at Hunts Landing, 120 Routes 6 & 209, Matamoras. There is no cost to job seekers to attend and find out what is available.

Sullivan, who is Executive Director of Pike County Economic Development Authority (EDA), and Cynthia DeFebo, Director of the Pike County Workforce Development Agency, briefed the County Commissioners on the developments, April 6th. Working Pike Job Fair is a collaborative effort between the County and several area faith-based organizations, the latter which initiated this effort to help those with employment needs.

“This is an excellent time for people who are unemployed, underemployed or… are traveling to work,” Sullivan said. “This is a worthwhile effort for you to begin looking for alternative options.”

Turning point DeFebo called the job fair a symbol that Pike County was coming out of the economic setback ignited by the national Recession several years ago. “This is really a turning point for Pike County residents,” she said.

Nothing like this has been held since the Great Recession in 2007, Sullivan added.

He announced that 65 companies have registered to be at the Fair. The full list is not being released ahead of time, to discourage anyone getting a jump on what is available, he said. Once the Fair is over, a directory will be available online at the Pike EDA web site (pikeda.org) and printed copies at the Pike County Workforce Development Agency.

Offering just a taste, the employers signed up, he said, range from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. One brand new company that he mentioned without naming, is a firm starting in Pike County that is involved in a worldwide network selling art. That company is looking to hire 20 people, he said.
Not fluff “Job seekers will not be disappointed,” DeFebo said. “We have a lot of business coming; it’s not just one of those circuses you see and it’s just a bunch of fluff. These are real employers that are really hiring that day.”

Most of the jobs offered by these companies are within an hour’s drive, DeFebo stated, which is a lot better than commuting to some jobs held by Pike County residents.

DeFebo advised, “So come dressed to impress. Come dress for an interview and bring you resume.” She said that the Pike County Workforce Development Agency is holding workshops on preparing a resume leading up to the Job Fair, and there will be resume assistance on site.”