Job fair connects hundreds with potential employment

NASHUA – While the unemployment rate in New Hampshire remains low, employers throughout the state are trying to find ways to attract people to fill openings.

Because of this, New Hampshire Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis said he needed to take a more “aggressive” approach in his marketing techniques to attract people to job fairs throughout the state. They have events at all University of New Hampshire campuses and are currently working through all the state’s community colleges as well, Copadis said.

Thursday was the Nashua Job and Resource Fair at Nashua Community College, with representatives of 97 employers present.

Attendance was a little light the first half of the day, Copadis said, but he said the afternoon would bring more people; they had a target of 500 job seekers.

The fair was open to the community, but also to NCC students, to show them there is “no need to go out-of-state for a job after graduation.”

Walking through the fair, Copadis spoke with many of the employers, many of whom implied that job fairs are important.

There were representatives from jobs in assorted fields, from manufacturing to health care and computer science.

SilverTech Inc., “a digital lifecycle agency” based in Manchester, was one of many with a presence at the event. The firm is essentially a digital marketing agency, company spokesman Taylor Stokowski said. He hoped to find a quality assurance engineer and a digital strategist, among other positions.

“We’ve had a good turn out today and have seen a lot of great candidates,” Stokowski said, adding that they try to attend most of the job fairs in the area.

Susan Hamel also set up a table at the fair and was giving away small lipsticks to help promote Avon. She joined the company several years ago to try to make an additional $50 per month, and within two weeks, had sold more than $500 worth of products. Before long, she was managing a team of hundreds of people and selling Avon full-time.

She was at the fair, she said, to show people there were also non-traditional ways of making extra money and that it is not necessary to work in an office to make a living.

The fair, Copadis said in a statement, was an opportunity for people to connect “with as many valuable employer contacts in four hours as you would make in weeks of job searching on your own.”