UPS representative, Mike Horton, far left, talks with Denise Moore, Kisha Foster and Mallory Clark at the YJC job fair on March 10.

A job fair sponsored by the Youth Job Center of Evanston (YJC) drew about 500 people, with many lining up an hour before the event started, Jordan Burghardt, YJC Employer Outreach Coordinator, told the RoundTable. A record 26 employers attended the fair, which took place at a meeting room of the Evanston Public Library.

Some of the employers were hiring for summer jobs. Many, though, were hiring for permanent positions. In order to attend the fair, an employer must be currently hiring.

“With the economy on the mend, now more than ever increasing numbers of teenagers and young adults are in need of assistance in finding work,” said Ms. Burghardt. “By providing a job fair with access to quality employers who are ready to hire and individuals who are equipped to work, we are hoping to benefit both parties with our services during this crucial time. The job fair is free and open to the public; this is a great way for employers to get a diverse pool of jobseekers for their entry level positions, summer camps, and seasonal hires.”

The goal is to generate jobs for about 25 percent of the job seekers attending the program, said Ms. Burghardt. About 800 persons attended the Fall 2010 job fair she said, which led to about 100 jobs.
The employers at the job fair included Old Navy, UPS, Lowe’s, CVS-Caremark, Cricket Communications, Amtrak, Comcast, US Cellular, CJE Senior Life, Access Community Health Network, Accountemps, North Shore Community Bank & Trust, Hyatt Lodge, SPM Swiss, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Van Ru Credit Corp., Levy Security Corporation, Document Technologies, Inc., McTigue Financial Group, Center for Talent Development, Walter Payton Cancer Fund, the City of Evanston Youth Employment Program, and Ridgeville Park District.