Job fairs created to help combat lowering numbers of workers

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Southeast Alabama Works has been working with businesses throughout the Wiregrass to recruit employees after seeing a decrease in application numbers due to the pandemic.

There will be three job fairs throughout the region to help combat the issues of understaffing. The first is in Ozark at the Civic Center on Monday, May 3. The second will be at Enterprise State Community College on May 4, and the last will be at Wallace Community College on May 5.

“We have a lot of companies signed up for this and it’s manufacturing, it’s hospitality,” Southeast Alabama Works Program Manager, Melanie Hill said. “It’s aviation, I mean, healthcare, anything that you can imagine, we’ve got companies coming. They need people.”

The job fairs will be broken up into multiple groups — from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; will be students only but from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; anyone who is interested, is invited to speak with any of the businesses present.

One of the businesses that will be present at the job fair, Dunbarton Corporation, is looking to fill between 20 to 25 entry level positions. The business has been hurting for employees since the winter.

“We’re really looking for people that have a strong work ethic that can be here everyday and on time,” Senior HR Safety Manager, Jill Lord said. “That we can rely on, that we can train. So if you meet those requirements and can do that for us, we can train you how to do the jobs.”

“We’ve got opening in our packaging department, shipping, paint, fabrication, you name it,” Lord said. “So we are just looking for eager people that want to work.”

Dunbarton Corporation will still be accepting job applications even after the job fairs.

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