People lined up outside Goodwill’s Career Center on Grape Rd. in Mishawaka today for a job fair. It is the fourth fair since the center opened less than one year ago.
The event featured 14 businesses and employment agencies, all ready to hire. The jobs ranged from health care to retail and food services.
Career Center mangers say the fair helps employers put a face to the name on an application, and leads to better placement.
While most were hiring for part-time positions leading up to the holidays, Goodwill says many part-time spots lead to full-time jobs.
“We look at it, I call it a triple win: one way is we're looking for a win for the community, for people looking for jobs they can come in and meet one-on-one with employers,” said Career Center manager Nick Pittman. “For employers it doesn't cost them anything to do these events. They can come and set up a booth and also get to meet the people of the community. And also for Goodwill too, as I mentioned the Goodwill clients they're able to come in and find employment.”
Doors opened to Goodwill clients at 9:00 a.m. and within the first two hours more than 150 people showed up.