More than 60 job seekers had the chance to talk with 10 employers and Virginia Career Works members during a virtual job fair hosted for Shenandoah County and other area residents this week.
Those who were unable to attend Wednesday were still afforded the opportunity to find job openings through event emails, social media posts and other outlets.
Employers included American Woodmark, Annandale Millwork and Allied Systems Corp., Aramark, Charterhouse School (UMFS), Dyco Staffing-Metromont, Family Dollar, Frogale Lumber Supply, Grafton Integrated Health Network, Matt’s Appliance Service and Valley Health.
“I am proud that the Virginia Career Works Winchester center has been able to offer these events to our community,” Vanessa Santiago, Center Manager for Virginia Career Works, said. “These events allow us to stay engaged with our job seekers and we hope that more job seekers will connect with the center partners to assist them in returning to work.”
Ashley Moslak, with Virginia Career Works, started the event by thanking the Dr. Dave Miles’ Leadership Corporation, the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce and employers in attendance for their help with making the event possible. Moslak also thanked media outlets for coverage of the event.
The job fair, much like the region’s first virtual fair held with the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce about a month ago, allowed job seekers to listen to presentations from employers and then meet in groups or individually to find out more and pass along information helpful with the hiring process.
It was well received by those in attendance, which included multiple veterans seeking work.
“I was not sure what to expect. After taking part I wanted to tell you that it was well organized and I truly enjoyed the chance to speak with four companies,” Navy veteran Tom Stieringer told the group after the event.
Moslak shared an email from Army veteran Erik Pierce, who was also able to speak with four employers during the event as well as Corressa Hubbard in the Virginia Career Works breakout room.
“You guys did fantastic. I greatly enjoyed the experience” Pierce said.
Hubbard also recommended that he and other veterans connect with the Veterans Employment team.
Since, both Pierce and Stieringer have connected with the Veterans Employment team and plan to attend future events, Moslak said.
While the Virginia Career Works office on 419 N. Cameron St. in Winchester remains closed to the public, all of the partners in the center “remain committed to serving our community,” Santiago said.
“Virginia Employment Commission is working tirelessly to address unemployment insurance questions as well as promote opportunities through their portal, Virginia Workforce Connection,” she added. “Valley Workforce continues to offer services such as connecting job seekers to various training and employment opportunities.”
The virtual job fairs are set to continue throughout the region with two events planned and more to come. On Wednesday, the Top of Virginia Virtual Job Fair will be held, and on June 24, will be the Warren County Virtual Job Fair. Job seekers and employers interested in participating should visit www.ValleyVirtualJobFairs.com.