JAMESTOWN – Over the past six months, employees across Chautauqua County have struggled to find new hires, and now, one of the largest job providers in Jamestown is looking to kickstart their recruitment efforts.
The Resource Center in both Jamestown, and Dunkirk, are holding a job fair this week, and they are looking to hire a large number of people with, or without, experience.
Community Relations Director Steve Waterson is spearheading a partnership with local religious leader Reverend Lee Croft from Healing World Ministries Church. The two plan to use each other’s resources to better the community.
“On Thursday, we are going to use their parking lot on West 3rd Street for an outdoor job fair that’s going to take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. to 6 p.n.,” said Waterson. “For viewers that may be watching, Dunkirk is going to do the same thing 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at our facility on Lakeshore Drive West. The focus of this is to try to get more direct support professionals to work at the resource center.”
Waterson acknowledges that the pandemic has impacted their recruitment efforts, mentioning that when schools closed, parents were making the decision to stay home with their children.
This has created a drought in new hires; however, he is thankful they are starting to see a resurgence in applications.
“We have been happy to see that in the last three weeks there has been an uptick in the number of applications that have been coming in,” said Waterson. “We have been hiring more people so we’re just hoping that the trend is going to continue going forward, and that this job fair will be a good steppingstone going forward.”