York County is having its first career fair in several years to recruit more civil service workers and other county employees.

The county is looking for applicants of all types for openings across departments and agencies, said Kristy Bixler, executive director of human resources. She noted that human resources is particularly looking to get applications for civil service positions, especially encouraging bilingual candidates.

The county currently has about 2,500 employees, according to a spokesperson.

The fair will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 in the third-floor training room of the County Administrative Center, at 28 E. Market St. Civil service positions involve a lengthier hiring process than general county jobs, with applicants having to take a test for each job they are interested in. Applicants' names are only forwarded to the department after they obtain a certain score, which limits the pool of eligible candidates, said Pam Needham, director of the bureau of employment services at the Civil Service Commission.

Needham said a representative from the commission will be at the fair to explain the testing and hiring process for civil service positions. Hiring managers from various departments will provide information about those jobs as well as other positions, Bixler said.

"It's just to get the word out on different county agencies," she said. "Our wages are comparable, healthcare is also comparable and we have great holidays and time off benefits."

Bixler said hiring managers will accept resumes and applications, but will not be conducting on-site interviews.


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She said a similar fair was held about five years ago, and was successful in generating interest for various local government opportunities.

"We go out a lot to job fairs, and it was something were we said, 'Why don't we bring them in?'" Bixler said.

- Reach Michael Tabb at mtabb@yorkdispatch.com.