SOUTH HOLLAND │ More than 30 hiring companies welcomed throngs of job seekers to the South Suburban College and Thornton Township community career fair Tuesday.
The job fair was promoted for four hours prior to its 10 a.m. start during an on-site broadcast of a local radio station.
“We want people to come out here,” said Thornton Township spokesman Bob “Stormy” Storman. “Jobs, jobs, jobs and more jobs. We’re trying to put more pressure on businesses to hire people who live in the neighborhoods.”
Storman said some job seekers come in “crying” because they’ve been rejected so many times they wonder why they should even bother trying.
“They give up,” he said.
Steve Williams, of Dixmoor, didn’t enter the fair crying and left it a little optimistic. His field is advertising and graphics but he applied for bus driver and is looking into the Transportation Security Administration.
“I’d love to stay in my field, but if I can’t I’ll try something else,” he said.
Those looking for hires at the fair included the Homewood Police Deptartment, the Illinois Department of Transportation, UPS, the U.S. Secret Service and Speedway America.
The Illinois Tollway had openings for security administrator, chief accountant and technician, among others.
“We’re always posting new positions, so we’re always looking for every kind of person,” said Barbara Zubek, an equal employment opportunity intern for the tollway. We’re always trying to reach out to every community. They’re jobs that make people feel good about what they do and we pay decent wages. Working for the Tollway is excellent and people find awesome opportunities.”
Zubek said job-seekers could register with the Tollway online, sign up for job alerts and receive emails whenever there is an opening.
The South Holland Fire Deptartment was looking to hire paid-on-call firefighters.
“It’s a good opportunity for a young guy or gal to get in,” said Lt. George Dinkel, a paid-on-call firefigher for 38 years.
“We hire POCs on a continuing basis,” Dinkel said.