Employers looking to fill 400+ jobs at York Career Fair on Monday


Dust off your résumés, job seekers. Hundreds of job openings will be featured during the York Career Fair next week.

Upwards of 70 businesses are expected to set up stands at Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way in York City, in hopes of luring new employees during the fair, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday.

"There are easily several hundred jobs to fill," said Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, whose office helped organize the event.

Between 400 to 500 jobs will be on offer to the right candidates, said Britta Schwab, career services coordinator at HACC-York Campus.

About 40 people were hired on the spot at last year's fair, she said.

Schreiber's office teamed up with numerous organizations, including local academic institutions, to host the fair.

Openings: Jobs that need to be filled this year range from part-time to full-time, hourly to salary and professional to labor-based work.

"It is a good representation of the York County job market," Schreiber said. "It runs the gamut."

Fed-Ex and Amazon are two high-profile businesses that will be at the fair, he said.

One focus of the fair is helping people with previous criminal convictions find employment.

Schreiber said some people re-offend because they can't find full-time work, partially because of their criminal backgrounds.

"The better we can do to get those with prior convictions into full-time jobs, the better it is for all of us," he said.

To help job candidates better prepare for their time under the spotlight of a potential employer, local organizations such as PA CareerLink, Bell Socialization and Crispus Attucks offered free job interview preparation courses in the weeks leading up to the fair.

Job seekers should come prepared to be interviewed on the spot, Schwab said.

"Don't let something small, like feeling nervous, hold you back," she said.

Advice for job seekers

•Britta Schwab, career services coordinator at HACC-York Campus, gave the following advice for those attending the York Career Fair:

•Dress in business casual attire. Men should wear a suit if possible or at least khaki pants and an Oxford shirt. Women should wear a nice blouse and pants or a dress.

•Have a large supply of résumés in hand. A résumé should include your contact information on each page and should have your work history, education background and skills and experience. Have someone review your résumé for spelling errors. And keep a copy of your résumé with you to serve as a reference when speaking with employers.

•Include a cover letter that tells employers more about who you are as a person.

•Collect business cards. A career fair is a great place to network.

•Send an email or note to potential employers thanking them for their time. Send it no later than a week after the fair.

•Come early to meet with as many employers as possible.

Schwab said she's available to further assist job seekers. She can be reached at (717) 801-3219.

The York Career Fair will held from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, in York City.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.