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Job fair's low turnout could be good sign

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Goodwill Industry job fairs in Michiana usually draw in a lot of applicants, according to Career Center Manager Valerie Kaccmarek.  "We usually average over 100 people and actually has gone as high as 220," said Valerie.

At the career fair on Tuesday, Valerie said that this fair only brought in about 130 applicants. To Goodwill, this is a good turnout, but much less than in past years. They try as hard as they can to use the media  to communicate that the fair is going on.

"I think because of the press releases and the marketing we do initially, we're able to reach more in the community and let them know that job fairs are available," says Valerie.

However, the decrease in people showing up isn't exactly a bad thing in Valerie's perspective.

"We're starting to see a little bit more of a turn-around in St. Joe County where more people are working," says Valerie. "We're not quite where we want this county to be, but we are clearly moving in the right direction."

Right now, Goodwill is looking to hire more employees to work in manufacturing and staffing services. Valerie says that these positions especially need filling because many people lack the skills to suit the job. Goodwill has had about seven job fairs in the past eight months. So if you are looking for a job, keep your eyes and ears open for the next job fair opportunity.

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