Job-seekers hope to manufacture a new career

2013-07-23T15:00:00Z 2013-07-23T15:54:20Z Job-seekers hope to manufacture a new careerRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 23, 2013 3:00 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | A multitude of positions were available for job seekers who attended an open house hosted by staffing and recruitment firm Staff Source Tuesday at VFW Post 8141.

Workers were being recruited for jobs at south suburban manufacturing and industrial companies in the South Holland and Calumet City area. Applications were being accepted for laborers, plant operators, carpenters, production workers, order pickers/packers and maintenance mechanics in the industrial field. Job openings also were available in the hospitality, technical and clerical/professional fields.

Kaylin Jones, 19, of Markham, attended the fair after reading the job descriptions that were similar to the work he did at the post office prior to being laid off.

“It went well,” Jones said of his interview. “I’m optimistic about getting a job. I’m well-rounded. I believe I’ll be able to get it.”

Jones has a follow-up interview scheduled Aug. 2 at the Staff Source office in Hammond.

DeAndre Jackson, 21, of Calumet City, also has a follow-up interview scheduled.

“Everything went well,” he said. “I’ll take any job they offer. Whatever is open. I currently have a job, but I’m just looking to upgrade. I’m confident in my abilities.”

Maintenance mechanics would earn $20 to $25 an hour. Some supervisory positions would make between $50,000 and $65,000 per year.

Erin Trzcinski, director of strategic development for Business Solutions Group, said the turnout in Calumet City “was great” with between 75 and 100 people showing up looking for work.

“It went well,” she said. “Almost everyone was prepared with resumes and dressed professionally. I think we got a lot of quality applicants from the Calumet City area. Many people that were there today were from Illinois (and) hadn’t even heard of Staff Source, so it was good to let them know we are right over the border and service many areas in Illinois.”

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