Career fair at Greenfield Community College showcases available jobs

Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
GREENFIELD — The 200-plus attendees of Greenfield Community College’s fourth annual career fair learned about available jobs across a range of industries, including manufacturing, health care and business.

Officials said the two dozen employers who set up booths in the dining commons Tuesday represented a good cross section of the industries that are hiring in the Pioneer Valley. Both the college and the Franklin Hampshire Career Center, the collaborators behind the fair, also had booths to offer more information on their programs.

“Trying to find a job is a job,” said Sarah Wing, the college’s career navigator who works at the career center channeling people toward college programs or jobs.

“You need to be able to work every day on your job search because it is competitive,” she said. “But the best prepared people who research employers and have professional resumes and know how to find leads are the people who are successful.”

Wing’s position is funded through a U.S. Department of Labor grant that ends in October.

Like many companies in the Pioneer Valley, Deerfield Packaging, a contract manufacturer for Mayhew Tools, was seeking an advanced manufacturing machine operator. But the company was also on the hunt for other production and warehouse jobs that only require a high school diploma or GED certificate and the ability to lift 50 pounds.

Some in-home health care businesses — including Holyoke-based O’Connell Care At Home and Homewatch CareGivers of West Springfield— looking to expand into Franklin County had booths at the fair. They were seeking people with certificates or associate’s degrees to take jobs as certified nursing assistants, home health aides or personal care aides.

Greenfield-based Harmon Personnel Services, which connects people with temporary and permanent positions at all levels, was on hand collecting resumes and advertising a free computerized training program. The tutorials teach skills that businesses expect or like to see in candidates, like typing, programming, animation, web design and proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Adams Direct Mail Services, a small mail processing company in Greenfield, was looking for someone to join its team and listed the ability to multi-task and attention to detail atop the list of job requirements. And United Parcel Services was looking for someone to load, unload and deliver packages throughout the area.

Anti-poverty organization Community Action was advertising a range of positions such as bus monitors, nutrition specialist and information technology support technician.

The fair was attended by community members, college students and high school students.

For more information about the career center’s services, call the Greenfield office at 413-774-4361 or visit www.fhcc-onestop.com.