WYSOX — A line of individuals were seated at long tables filling out job applications at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday as the 2nd annual Bradford County Job Fair was in full swing from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Fifty-one employment vendors and hundreds of job seekers gathered together at the event, which was organized by a joint force of Pennsylvania CareerLink, Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission and Central Bradford County, Greater Valley, Greater Wyalusing, Troy, and Canton Chamber of Commerce organizations.
Pennsylvania CareerLink Site Administrator Darlene Wampole stated that the job fair opened early Wednesday morning for high school seniors to explore potential career options and then opened doors to the public and saw more than 100 job seekers within the first hour.
Wampole described the event as a way to bring job seekers and employers together under one roof and said all employer vendors had current open positions with opportunities from entry level jobs to those requiring a master’s degree.
“We’re all trying to do the best we can for Bradford County and helping with the workforce is huge,” she stated.
Melissa Fleming of Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission highlighted the face-to-face contact with employers and job seekers made possible through the mass job fair, with Wampole emphasizing the benefits personal meetings with employers could offer in a time when many applications are often submitted online.
Lori Wentzel of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce stated that the job fair not only benefits job seekers and individual businesses but also local chambers as a whole by boosting community awareness of the organizations and potentially more memberships as chamber members are given preference as job fair vendors.
“We basically are just thrilled to be a part of this because while we do represent the Wyalusing area we just feel as overall Bradford County this kind of event is just truly, truly needed. Because of Bradford County being so large we have such a need to join together,” she said.
Wampole noted that Pennsylvania CareerLink in Towanda offers workshops, interview training and other resources free of charge to any Bradford County residents and can be contacted at (570) 265-2171 or www.pacareerlink.pa.gov.
The Bradford County Job Fair is expected to return to the area next year.