WILKES-BARRE — The good news for Andrew Godfrey is that job fairs always seem to work for him when he’s searching for a job.
The bad news is that Godfrey is looking again.
The better news is that Godfrey attended Tuesday’s Times Leader Career Fair at the Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel and came away with a few good leads.
Godfrey was one of hundreds of folks perusing the display tables at the career fair, inquiring about companies and job openings.
Some were even filling out applications to work at one of the 51 vendors that participated.
Maria Sharpe, 30, of Wilkes-Barre, was checking out opportunities for her husband, who currently works an overnight shift as a forklift operator.
“First, it would be nice to find something for him that pays better,” Sharpe said. “Second, it would be good to get him out of the house — I’m only kidding.”
Tammy Levandowski and Joe Folek, teachers at Meyers High, brought about 15 students with special needs to the career fair to look for possible places of employment.
“We bring them to events like this as part of our transition services,” Levandowski said. “These are all 11th- and 12th-grade students. We want to see what might be available for them after high school.”
Lorraine Paulewicz, 61, of Mountain Top, has been out of work since February. A former property management assistant, Paulewicz said she would prefer to get a job in that field. But she would be happy to find something else.
“That’s why I’m here,” she said. “To see what’s available.”
Paulewicz said her children and grandchildren live in the area, so she doesn’t want to relocate.
“It’s good to have career fairs like this to see what jobs are out there,” she said. “Here people can visit with many different employers, fill out applications, and it’s all under one roof.”
Paulewicz said there are a lot of people like her seeking employment.
“But it’s really difficult trying to find something,” she noted.
Jaime Yocum and Jennifer Kondracki were representing Home Depot. They said the warehouse in Pittston — which employs about 400 — is looking for more help.
“We’ve been passing out brochures with information about our company,” Yocum said. “And we talk about the jobs available, the shifts, the hours and, of course, the pay.”
Godfrey left his last job to return to Luzerne County Community College, where he is seeking his certification in automotive technology and welding. He is looking for a job at an automobile dealership, either in sales or in service.
“I want to work around cars,” he said. “But I’m open to almost anything. That’s why I’m here.”
Godfrey filled out applications and talked to a lot of people.
“After every career fair I’ve ever attended, I found a job within a week or two,” he said.
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