BELMONT — Some 39 businesses attended a New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) sponsored Laconia Job & Resource Fair yesterday at the Belknap Mall.
''There was a good turnout of businesses looking to hire and a lot of interested job seekers,'' said Carol Cantin-Aubut, office manager for Laconia's NHDES office.
Local businesses such as Belknap Landscaping, Patrick's Pub and Dunkin' Donuts were among those interviewing potential workers, and the Lakes Region Community College booth was attracting a steady stream of people looking to upgrade their skills through the NHWorks program, which helps provide job skills in manufacturing.
Newly elected Executive Councilor Joe Kenney attended the event and spoke with NHDES Commissioner George Copadis and Aubut abut the job fair and the state's efforts to help people find employment.
He said that he was impressed with the cooperation and collaboration among state agencies in dealing with employment issues and said that there appeared to be many job seekers attending.
Copadis said the state held 29 job fairs last year which brought out over 900 employers and 6,800 job seekers and is eager to put together job fairs in parts of the state where businesses are looking for new workers.
"The job fair is a great opportunity for employers to gain access to a local ready and willing workforce," says Copadis "Having employees from the communities that you serve strengthens your business and makes our communities stronger. ''
NHES provides free services, resources, and tools to assist both job seekers and employers with the entire job search process, hiring and employment needs. NHES has services available online and onsite to assist job seekers including an automated Job Match System, internet access, local papers, book and video library, employment counseling, networking groups, and career assessments. Employer Seminars and weekly workshops are held covering such topics as job searching, resume writing and interviewing techniques.
Carol Cantin-Aubut, office manager for the Laconia office of the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security, talks with NHDES Commissioner George Copadis and District One Executive Councilor Joe Kenney at a Job Fair at the Belknap Mall. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)