If finding a job is at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list, RecruitmentQueen’s Third Annual Job Fair could be a valuable resource.
On Jan. 18, around 40 employers will be coming to Neshaminy Mall to meet with job seekers to hire positions in administration, customer service, healthcare, retail, management, sales, insurance, warehouse, banking and more.
“Employers tend to go on a break with hiring between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Employment slows down,” said Jennifer Schultz, CEO and president of RecruitmentQueen. “A lot of them follow the calendar year. They’ve got new budgets, and can bring on new staff.”
In addition to that, many workers wait to find a new job until holiday bonuses kick in with their current jobs.
According to Schultz, 2 out of 5 people looking for new jobs begin their searches in January. That’s part of the reason that Schultz and her Bucks County-based RecruitmentQueen schedules the event at the beginning of each year.
This is the first time the event will be held at the Neshaminy Mall. These fairs are usually held at hotels or local colleges. Schultz said that the central location of the mall, coupled with the easy access via public transportation and access from major thoroughfares like Route 1, I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, were the reasons behind the change.
“Everyone knows where it is,” she said. “Anyone in the Bucks, Montgomery County, Philadelphia region can come.”
Typically, between 250 and 450 job seekers attend the event. As of last week, Schultz said 300 jobs are up for grabs, which could jump to as high as 1,000 as the date nears.
According to her research from past events, around 75 percent of employers hire at least one person who attends the job fair, and many hire more than that.
“It depends what they’re looking for, and if the right people come out,” she said.
Ninety percent of applications are submitted online, according to Schultz, which could leave many “lost in the shuffle.” This event gives employers and job seekers a chance to meet face-to-face, a rarity in today’s job marketplace.
“When someone sends a resume, you don’t know the capacity of skills and talent that person has until you speak with them,” Schultz said. “It’s kind of like sending a text or email — you don’t know the tone.”
Currently, the Bucks County unemployment rate sits around 4.7 percent, according to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s a slightly below most surrounding counties, which may be due to a rise in manufacturing jobs in the area, Schultz said. The problem for manufacturing is that not many workers seek employment in those fields.
“Not as many people are going to trade schools,” Schultz said. “A lot of the programs are free, but they can’t give them away.”
Bucks County Community College offers some of these courses, like its new metalwork training program. While this particular job fair doesn’t have much in the way of manufacturing jobs, that could be another avenue to employment for people looking to get on a new career path.
“This isn’t a manufacturing event, but that’s probably something we will look at in the future,” Schultz said. “We call this an all-industry, general-type event. Any employer can come.”
The list should expand as the date gets closer. Schultz said anyone interested can follow along on RecruitmentQueen’s Facebook page and website for updates.
For those looking to succeed at the fair, she offered a few tips: update resumes with plenty of copies, practice a 30-second introduction, dress professionally and research employers of interest beforehand.
The RecruitmentQueen Third Annual New Year New Career Job Fair will take place on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Neshaminy Mall, 707 Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem. For information, visit recruitmentqueen.com.
List of employers attending:
Holy Redeemer Health System
Fred Beans Family of Dealerships
Metro Public Adjustment
Northeast Building Products
Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services
Payless Shoe Source
AMC Movie Theatres