Job hunting is not always easy, and sometimes it’s about being in the right place at the right time.
Hundreds of area residents showed up for the London & Area Works Job Fair at the Agriplex at the Western Fair hoping it was their time to be chosen for one of nearly 2,000 jobs said to be had.
Nearly 60 companies and 18 employment agencies set up booths on the floor in an effort to match guests with positions that need filling at the event put on by the London Economic Development Corporation.
Peter Barrett, who has two part-time jobs but wanted to make the switch to one full-time job, said he’s happy with the variety of job openings.
“Anything that’s available, I’m here because it’s a huge collection and multiple places. The selection is huge, so pretty much anything that’s around, I’m looking to talk to as many employers as I can.”
Barrett said that he’s applied to “hundreds” of jobs looking for full-time work with no luck.
Such is the plight for many in the London and St. Thomas area, which has seen its employment rate increase from 5.8 per cent in January to 7.2 per cent in August.
For one man, Gerry, going back to school to spruce up his resume has led him to apply for more jobs.
“I’ve been out of work now for two years, but I went back to school and I just finished an electronic engineering technician course, so I’m just trying to get back into the work force now,” he said. “I’ve been looking from Markham right straight through to Windsor. I’ve been putting out resumes virtually anywhere that’s within an hour and a half drive to London.”
The jobs ranged from the more specialized like millwright, welding, and electrician positions, to more common positions like general labour, sales, and marketing.
The job fair runs until 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes.
It’s the second in a series of three events hosted by the LEDC. The third job fair will be hosted next April.