GARY | More than 200 job seekers attended the 13th annual Career Fair on Friday at Indiana University Northwest.
Nearly 50 hiring employers welcomed them on campus at the Savannah Center Gymnasium.
Sharese Dudley-Mora, IU Northwest director of career services, said her department continues to encourage students, alumni and residents to keep searching for work.
“We tend to see people giving up at this point, but there’s no need to give up because there are jobs available,” she said. “Finding a job is a job itself,and you just have to be consistent with your searching and making sure you’re increasing your skills and furthering your education to be marketable.”
Maria Cabrera, outreach specialist for the Boy Scouts of America Calumet Council, had two positions needing to be filled – an entry level district executive position and a program aide that requires a desire to work with child in underserved communities for the outreach program.
“It’s been pretty good,” she said. “There’s been a lot of interest from females surprisingly.”
Matt Martin, sales manager for National Marketing Group LLP, said there was a lot of interest for an opening for a marketing and sales specialist that pays between $10 and $15 an hour plus daily and weekly commissions.
Other companies at the fair included Horseshoe Casino, Majestic Star Casino, Tradewinds, Radio One Communications, Ingalls Memorial Hospital and the Gary Community School Corp.
Assisting at the fair was Ina Dillon, associate director of career services at Ivy Tech Community College.
“Both Ivy Tech and IU help students make sure their resumes and interview skills are in order,” she said. “It’s also a way for Ivy Tech students to come over and experience IU."
Dillon said IU Northwest will likewise assist Ivy Tech with its own career fair April 30 on its Valparaiso campus.
Job seeker Rodney Mitchell, of Gary, said he was at the fair “looking for anything now.”
“I have a job now but I’m looking for a secondary one,” he said. “They’re pointing me in the right direction."