Employers interview potential employees at the job fair.                Submitted photo

The Youth Job Center (YJC) hosted its annual fall job fair on Oct. 10 at the Evanston Public Library. This year, 235  persons attended the event, looking for seasonal and full-time employment.

The job fair was open to anyone in the community over the age of 16, but the majority of job seekers were youth as that remains the group hardest hit by the recession and high unemployment, said YJC.

“We had 24 employers at the job fair – a new YJC record,” said Danielle Grey, YJC employer outreach coordinator. “And the really exciting news is that all of the employers had multiple jobs to fill and even those with seasonal job openings stated that they can often turn into permanent opportunities.”

The YJC follows up with each employer to determine how many interviews/applications turned into job offers, said Ms. Grey.

The YJC is a nonprofit agency in Evanston that assists jobseekers aged 14-25 in finding employment. The YJC also works with employers to help them meet their staffing needs by referring applicants who are trained in basic job skills and ready to get to work.