Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Job Skills Sessions

Attention Job Seekers:  

Be sure to attend at least one of the Job Skills Sessions in order to better your job searching skills.

  • 10:00 - 10:30am   
          Ohio Means Jobs
  • 11:00 - 11:30am   
          Job Search Basics: How to Find a Job in the 21st Century
  • 12:00 - 12:30am   
         Ohio Means Jobs
  • 1:00 - 1:30am     
         Job Search Basics: How to Find a Job in the 21st Century

Both sessions will include:
 a 20-25 minute presentation,
 5-10 minutes for questions,
 and 30 minutes for one-on-one assistance

Monday, April 14, 2014

Available Positions!

Here is the list of open positions that the employers attending the Job Fair are looking for:

 2015 tax preparers, accountant,  actors, administrative assistant,  agronomy-general labor and applicators, general managers, artists, assemblers, assembly line, assistant managers, auto/CAD draftsman, automatic press operator, bakery,  biologist, box office help, brake press operator, buyer, CAN, cashier, CNC field service technician, CNC machinists, CNC operators, co-managers, concessions/vending, construction, control panel prepper,  cooks, CSR, customer service enthusiasts, customer service representative, customer support representatives, dancers, design engineer,  die makers, dietary, display and marketing assistant manager, donations attendant, drafter, electrical engineer, electricians, engineer intern, engineering, entry level machine operators, entry-level technician, expediter, field service technician, fixture maintenance, freight,  furnace operator, general labor, home health aide,  hourly production, house keeping,  injection molding operator, inside sales, kitchen designer, light industrial, logistics account executive, lot attendant, LPN, machine builder, machine operators, maintenance, maintenance electricians, maintenance mechanics,  maintenance technicians,  makeup artists, manufacturing, manufacturing engineer, material handlers, mechanical field service technician, MIG welder, nurses, nursing assistants, office, packaging, parking lot attendants,  phone support technician, picking/packing, plastics, possible entry level, press operator, pro sales, product engineer, production, production supervisor, PT sales associates, QC auditor, quality, quality inspectors, receptionist, retail,  retail clerks-variable hours, retail: assistant manager Ashland, sales, sales representative,  sanitation, screw machine operators, seasonal distribution center associate,  service, shift managers, shipping/receiving, skilled labor, specialists, STNA, truck drivers-agronomy division variable hours,  wardrobe attendants,  warehouse, welder operators, and welders.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Humorous Take on Job-Hunting!

The Brimfield Police Department posted this humorous take on job-hunting to FaceBook the other day.  Although it is comical, these are some more helpful tips for you to keep in mind as you prepare for the Job Fair in a week!

Chief’s Babble…..Let’s get back to having some class.
Captain Adkins and I handle lots of interviewing and accepting applications from people who wish to become police officers. Some of those potential officers tell us they follow our Facebook page. I thought I would offer job seekers some advice, not just for the process at the Brimfield Police Department, but also for our younger job seekers everywhere. Please heed the following advice, youngsters. Your financial well-being depends on it.
• When out job-hunting, dropping off a resume or requesting an application, do not do so in jeans and a t-shirt. First impressions are important in the real world. Shower, shave and dress up. Dressing up for the occasion does not mean wearing your best pair of jeans with your best Schlitz Malt Liquor shirt.
• Do not have your underwear showing at anytime during the job seeking process. If you come into our department seeking employment and I get to see your unmentionables, I will promptly instruct you to pull your pants up and send you on your way, empty handed. If I wanted to see your underwear, I would date you.
• “Dude” “Bro” or “like” are not business vocabulary words. For example, when we ask if you have attended the police academy, your answer should not be “Dude… like I started the academy last week, bro.” I lose IQ points during those conversations. I get dumber, bro.
• College degrees are great. The captain and I have a few ourselves. Taking an Intro to Criminal Justice class does not qualify you to be the chief five minutes after walking through the door. During a conversation, if a chief, captain or general manager of a business asks you where you see yourself in five years, it is wise to pick something realistic. You might as well just answer “Commander of the Northern Roman Army.” Life is not a video game. You cannot conquer worlds in a day. Life requires you pay dues and work your way to the top.
• Job seeking is not a tag team event. Leave your BFF at home when you are on the job hunt. Alone time is good. It causes self-reflection.
Now, lets cover some social skills….
• When someone (anyone) enters a room to meet you, stand up to shake hands.
• When a lady enters the room, we stand up. It shows respect for the smarter gender. It is honorable.
• We do not swear in mixed company. Mixed company includes people whom you do not know well, ladies, children and any one else you have never played poker with. Yes, words are just words; however, some words show your ignorance. Cussing was cool when you were a kid, before you matured and became learned.
These are basic things we hope will assist you during your employment journey. We provide these nuggets of wisdom to you because it is apparent no one else has done so as of yet……Chief Oliver.
Click here to view the post!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Must-read Tips for Job Seekers

The Ashland Area Job Fair is only a week and a half away! We want all of you job seekers to be prepared for securing your next job, so here are a few things you should do to prepare for the job fair on Thursday the 17th:

1. Dress nicely and appropriately. You can wear dress pants/khakis, button-up shirt, knee-length skirts….be conservative and well-groomed. Employers don’t like to see anything as casual as jeans, t-shirts, or unkempt hair. 

2. Polish your resume. Everyone can improve their resume. Our partners at the Ashland OhioMeansJobs are ready to help you do just that--for free. If you don't even have a resume, they can help you create one! Give them a call at 419-282-5052.

3. Bring the following: multiple copies of your resume, pen, notepad for notes, and your schedule (in case an employer would like to schedule an interview there).

4. Practice a 30-second summary of your skills and qualifications. You may only have a short moment to speak with an employer at a job fair and you want to give them quality information.

5. Do some research on the companies you’re interested in. If you already have the basic information in your head, you have time to ask employers the important questions you cannot find out through research.

6. Show enthusiasm. Employers like to see people excited about a job.

7. Attend the breakout sessions at the job fair on job search skills and OhioMeansJobs. Everyone has room to improve these skills (interviewing, resumes, knowing where to find open positions, and more), and you may learn some things that will really help you secure that next job.

8. Collect business cards so you have contact information for the people you spoke with.

9. Send thank you notes/emails to the company representatives you spoke with if you are interested in pursuing a position. This will help keep your name at the forefront of their minds when they consider who to hire for the job.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome to the official blog for the 2014 Ashland Area Job Fair!

This blog is your first stop for information on the Ashland Area Job Fair, which will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at AU's Convocation Center from 10 AM - 2 PM. We will continually update this blog with participating employer information, available positions, job seeking tips, and general job fair news. You may also Like the Ashland Area Council for Economic Development's Facebook page to receive updates that way: www.facebook.com/AshlandAreaCED.

The Ashland Area Job Fair is free and open to any job seeker. Maybe you are employed or unemployed, a student or a graduate, or just someone who has the interest and desire to enter a certain career path. Whoever you are, you won't be disappointed if you're looking for positions with great rewards in satisfaction, security, and monetary benefits. Job seekers with previous training and/or experience working in industries represented by participating employers will be especially desirable. 

Be sure to come prepared. Bring your resume. If you don't have one and need help creating one, you can get FREE resume assistance at your local OneStop. They can also help you with interviewing. You can find your local OneStop information in the left column labeled "CareerOneStops (Resume and Interview Assistance)." These links include contact information and hours of operation.

Please feel free to post comments or questions, or call Jamie at AACED (419-289-3200).