Help Wanted: Numerous opportunities for job seekers coming up

More than 50 companies will be gathered Friday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the first Battle Creek Regional Job Fair. It takes place in in the Ohm Information Technology Center on the Kalamazoo Community College main campus, 450 North Ave.

The event is a collaboration with Davenport University, Miller College and Michigan Works! Representatives from the largest companies in Battle Creek will be among those in attendance. Health care, manufacturing, hospitality, management, information technology and retail industries representatives will attend.

Patrick Casey, director of Career and Employment Services at KCC, says the job fair offers an opportunity for job seekers to learn about hiring opportunities and learn the application process.

In other upcoming events, employment recruiters from the City of Kalamazoo will be at March career fairs as they begin to fill the first 38 vacancies created by the city’s voluntary Early Retirement Incentive program.

Through the program, 219 city workers are leaving. As the first  58 leave, initially that will create 38 job openings as they will not all be replaced. More postings will be announced over the next two years. Jobs will be filled in phases as the city works to maintain core service delivery and erase a $6 million budget deficit.

Representatives from the city’s Human Resources Department and Public Safety will have information on city job openings and the qualifications needed to be considered at two upcoming job events.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College will host a career fair from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 on its Texas Township campus.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church is sponsoring a job fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the church, 20 Roberson St.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Information on the city’s job opportunities and an online application are posted on the City of Kalamazoo’s website.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave
Source: Simon Thalmann, KCC, and Ron Markin, City of Kalamazoo
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