WESTBROOK - Walking from store to store to try to find a summer job is a slow and frustrating process. Some stores don't hire for the summer. Others already have the staff they need. What if there were a better way?
That's what high school junior Morgan Wilderman wondered, so she decided to organize a Shoreline Summer Job Fair to bring together in one place the employers who are hiring with the students who need jobs.
The first-ever Summer Job Fair will be held at the Westbrook Town Hall (i.e., the Mulvey Municipal Center on Boston Post Road) on Thursday, May 16 from 3 to 6 p.m.
More than 30 employers will attend-and those who agreed to come want to hire. The summer jobs available are entry-level jobs for youth between the ages of 16 to 24.
"Because of the economy, it is really hard for kids to find employment since they are often competing for jobs against more experienced workers. I wanted to do something that would help my fellow students," said Wilderman.
What types of jobs are these employers looking to fill? Retail store sales clerks and stocking helpers, food service establishment help including table bussers, as well as other jobs.
"Students have a drive to work. They have bills to pay, too," said Wilderman.
Shoreline youth interested in coming to the Job Fair to meet employers and submit applications are encouraged to show up early and dress professionally. Upon arrival at the Town Hall, students will be asked to first stop at the fair's registration table and then be re-directed to employers' tables arranged around the room's perimeter.
Event attendance is free both to employers and the youth they seek to hire.
Parked at the event will be a special asset to help young job-seekers. The CTWorks Career Coach, a mobile employment One-Stop, will be onsite to help youth to complete online job applications.
Any firm with summer employment opportunities for youth can still sign up to participate if space is available. Contact Morgan Wilderman at email@example.com.
"This is a great opportunity for the youth in our towns as well as the business community. Youth need a chance at a job and I am delighted that so many employers from our region are willing to provide them that chance!" said Westbrook First Selectmen Noel Bishop.