Employers hopeful at this year’s COC Job and Career Fair

by Robert Spallone 0

About 90 employers contributed to making College of the Canyons Job and Career Fair the largest it’s been in eight years on Wednesday, college officials said.

The Valencia campus’ East Physical Education Gymnasium was transformed into a career information center, where job seekers exchanged resumes with eager businesses and organizations. All of the employers attending the fair must have employment opportunities available, allowing for over 90 potential jobs.

Employers, those seeking employment and attendees transitioning to a new job are feeling a little more certain the job market will remain stable, according to Bill Guthrie, career advisor at COC’s Job and Career Center.

“A lot of people are very optimistic with some hesitation because in the past we had a little rise and then it settled back down, but they seem to think it’s actually going on the real rise if you will, because there’s jobs available and people are out there wanting to find jobs,” Guthrie said.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, one of the largest mental health care providers in Los Angeles County, may just be one of those agencies that share the optimism. This was the first time the agency has decided to attend.

“We heard about [the job fair] through word of mouth and I think it’s a great area for us to recruit considering we have openings in Lancaster and Pacoima, so I figured why not, lets check it out,” said Wendy Becerra, a recruiting generalist at Hathaway-Sycamore.

Being prepared would ultimately be the best way to attend. Employers were sure to notice those who were properly dressed and candidates with their resume on hand, but the fair doesn’t discriminate against those who just want to find out some information on potential career options.

“I’ve had some people out in the corridor that were scared to come in, but just be comfortable, relax and start a conversation,” Guthrie said.

COC’s Job and Career Center website has the next job and career fair scheduled for April 29th at the college’s Canyon Country Campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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