job fair candidates

Want to work closer to home?

Want a job that better fits your skill set?

Want a job that’s more rewarding?

Want a job with more agreeable hours?

Just want a job?

If you said yes to any of those questions, or, really, have any job-related desires you’d like a chance to address, please come to the first-ever Jefferson County Job Fair. Admission is free.

The fair is slated for 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Fox C-6 Service Center, 849 Jeffco Blvd., in Arnold and is open to job seekers of all ages and in all stages of life.

About 35 vendors already have signed up to attend, and registration is still open. Each booth will have representatives on hand to talk with job seekers and conduct or schedule interviews.

Plus, attendees will have access to resources to help them land that perfect job, including help preparing a resume, interview tips and wardrobe advice, and head shots by a professional photographer.

All manner of employment opportunities will be available – health care, office work, manufacturing, retail, fast food, amusement park positions (yes, that would be Six Flags), sales, union jobs, education-related jobs, and more.

“This will be a great way to shop for a new job or a new line of work,” Leader publisher Pam LaPlant said. “We’re excited to be a part of an event that could be life-changing for our readers.”

Quality jobs for quality applicants

The vendors who have signed up to participate are enthusiastic about the Job Fair, too.

Premier exhibitor Scott Moorman, who with his wife, Diane, owns Express Employment Professionals in Arnold, sees opportunity on both sides of the table.

He describes his company, one of 800 franchises worldwide, as a “full-staffing service,” and he hopes to meet quality potential employees at the fair, who will then have the chance to match up with quality positions in a myriad of fields.

The franchise, which the Moormans have operated for seven years, “provides employment services and solutions to meet employers’ needs for administrative, commercial and professional hiring,” according to Express Employment Professionals’ information sheet.

Opportunities for job applicants run the gamut, Scott Moorman said.

“We do professional placements, maybe for a civil engineer, for example. Or maybe it could be a receptionist’s position, or for a bookkeeper or an office manager, and labor, too.”

Under the company’s business model, job applicants are evaluated, interviewed and skill-tested. Then they are hired by Express Employment Professionals and placed in a job. If it turns out to be good match on both sides and the job seeker is hired permanently, Moorman said his company steps out of the picture. A match has been made.

Since 2012, the Moormans’ company has served more than 325 business clients and placed more than 3,000 employees, Moorman said. It serves Jefferson County, part of St. Louis County and the Chesterfield area.

Job applicants do not pay a fee; Express charges businesses an hourly rate for an employee’s work until a job becomes a permanent placement.

Moorman said his own job is rewarding.

“We want to make a difference in people’s lives,” he said. “That’s our corporate and community commitment.”

At their booth, Moorman said, Express Employment Professionals will have “a list of job opportunities that we have currently and ones that we are working toward.”

The interview process is too lengthy to accomplish at the fair, he said, but the company will schedule interviews “right away, absolutely,” Moorman said. “Preferably the next day.”

Hours you like

Need a job that fits your schedule?

That’s what Wilkerson Home Care, a home health care service with headquarters in High Ridge and serving 10 counties, is really good at providing, office administrator Erin Bruce said.

“If someone has three days a week that are good for them, or prefers weekends, we can make that work,” she said. “And we keep a consistent schedule so that it’s not random.”

The business, created two decades ago by Bruce’s mother, Phyllis “Carol” Bruce, employs caregivers for homebound clients who are elderly or disabled.

The work force ranges from 40 to 50 employees, of all ages.

“I have excellent aides in their early 20s (one of them is Erin’s daughter, Brandi Cromer) and one in her 70s who is extremely reliable,” Erin Bruce said. “They have to be able to do some lifting,” she said. “(Tasks might involve) grocery shopping, cleaning, personal care and homemaker chores, running errands, whatever is needed.”

The Job Fair will help Wilkerson Home Care replenish its workforce,

“We have a core team, and we build on that,” she said.

Whatever your interest or specialty, the Jefferson County Job Fair will be the place to be on Oct. 23.

In addition to Leader Publications Job Fair organizers include the city of Arnold, the Arnold Chamber of Commerce, the Fox C-6 School District and Jefferson College.