Job seekers, employers meet at Baldwin County job fair

By GUY BUSBY
Government Editor
guy@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 11/23/22

DAPHNE — Job candidates looking for employment or new careers gathered alongside companies seeking new workers at the Daphne Civic Center for the Baldwin County Job Fair held Tuesday, Nov. …

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DAPHNE — Job candidates looking for employment or new careers gathered alongside companies seeking new workers at the Daphne Civic Center for the Baldwin County Job Fair held Tuesday, Nov. 15.

More than 40 employers, including private companies, public utilities, cities and other groups looking for workers set up exhibits to meet with potential employees. The fair was organized by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Christina Hellmich, chamber director of workforce development, said a wide variety of opportunities were available at the event.

“We have more than 40 businesses ranging from hospitality to manufacturing, health care, utilities, municipalities, really everything,” she said. “Whether people are looking for full-time positions, parttime, just wanting to find a job or looking to make a career change. There’s a lot of opportunity.”

Hellmich said most job fairs in the area have been held in the spring before the start of the summer tourist season.

“This is our first year that we’ve done it in the fall,” she said. “There are a lot of people looking for work and looking for employees right now, whether people want to make a change at the end of the year or just make some extra money for the holidays.”

Fairhope Mayor Sherry Sullivan said the city was meeting with candidates at the fair.

“We’ve about 20 positions open right now,” Sullivan said. “We’ve added 30 positions in the budget and there are quite a few different positions available.”

At one table, Deidra Hanek, Baldwin County personnel director, talked to visitors about job opportunities working with the county.

“We’ve got a lot of openings right now, everything ranging from equipment operators, machinists to juvenile detention officers,” she said. “We’ve had some interests, and we’ve been trying to tell them about everything that’s available working for the county.”

At another table, a team with the Alabama Department of Transportation talked to potential employees. James Gordon, ALDOT spokesman, said the department has more openings available right now than at some times in the past. He said some job seekers had come by the table, but ALDOT representatives were hoping to meet with more.

“It’s been pretty good, but it’s early yet,” Gordon said. “We’ve got some good positions available for people who are interested.”

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