A free Aug. 18 virtual job fair hosted by Capital Area Michigan Works! featured over 20 hiring employers in Greater Lansing, driving hiring during a period of record unemployment.
The free job fair, made possible by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training, drew over 100 job seekers who joined 29 employers hiring right now in Lansing.
“Capital Area Michigan Works! is committed to being a valued resource for our regional employers, as well as job seekers,” said Carrie Rosingana, CAMW! chief executive officer. “This virtual job fair offered a way for us to help our employer partners connect with job seekers in a format that met the needs of the moment for them both. We could not be more pleased with the outcomes of our first virtual event and look forward to hosting similar events in the future.”
Job seekers chatted via text and video with employers and were also able to visit a job seeker resources virtual booth staffed by CAMW! team members, career coaches and partners, including Michigan Rehabilitation Services, INVESTVets and the Refugee Development Center.
“This virtual job fair was a fantastic opportunity, and it couldn’t come at a better time for job seekers and employers,” said Joe Winkiel, CAMW!’s business service officer. “CAMW! is grateful for our partners’ passion and innovative ideas as we’ve worked to set this up. I believe this event will bring hope and opportunity to job seekers in Greater Lansing.”
Employers present at the job fair included:
“I am excited that we were able to be a part of this event because it provided an opportunity for me to connect with job seekers without having to meet face to face,” said Ashleigh Olsen, staffing supervisor for Dean Transportation. “I’m confident that I will be able to achieve the same outcome by screening candidates virtually as I would at a traditional job fair.”
While CAMW!’s Lansing, St. Johns and Charlotte American Job Centers are not physically available to the public, those needing job search support can be connected to remote services. More details and contacts are available at camw.org/about-us/contact. Job seekers can also use Pure Michigan Talent Connect to explore careers, search for jobs in their region and read features and blog posts that will help with their search.