Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 16, 2014

More than 70 businesses participate in annual job fair

Hiring managers pleased with talent pool found at annual event

By Martin Slagter Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — More than 70 local businesses got a look at the workforce of tomorrow during Tuesday’s Kokomo Area Job Fair at the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event & Conference Center.

The event, put on as a partnership between Indiana University Kokomo and Ivy Tech Community College, was open to local students, alumni and community members seeking part-time, full-time and internship positions.

Representatives from local businesses including Chrysler, Community Howard Regional Health, Bona Vista and Syndicate Sales were on hand to accept resumes and discuss job opportunities with participants. The event also included two free workshops regarding social media marketing and a photo booth offering free individual portraits for use in a job search.

“This event has been a great partnership for IU Kokomo and Ivy Tech,” said Tracy Springer, manager of IUK’s Career and Accessibility Center. “We have collaborated for the last three years here and have had great success, with between 70 and 80 employers. It’s been great for the community, because it’s open to all of the community and all of our students and alumni.”

IUK student Joey Meck, who will graduate next month with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, said he was happy with the format of the job fair, indicating that it was easier for him to interact with a number of different employers in one place.

“This is very convenient,” he said. “It’s a lot nicer to be able to come here and see all of these employers in one spot, as opposed to job searching online or going place to place driving. This is probably the best situation to connect with people and learn more about what I can do.”

The fair also proved beneficial for local businesses looking to fill new or future positions by providing a setting to meet with students in related career fields.

Scared Rabbit Productions, which provides web development, graphic design and printing from its business on Buckeye Street in Kokomo, was one of the businesses that benefited from the fair with a qualified pool of talent submitting resumes.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised,” Scared Rabbit Productions Owner Aaron Hiatt said. “A lot of the people that have come through and given us resumes seem to be a good fit for what we’re looking for.”

Martin Slagter can be reached at 765-454-8570, martin.slagter@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @slagterm.