“Home turf” advantage part of job fair’s success

Dear Editor:

On Friday, May 3, the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center, hosted a student job fair in the EHS gymnasium.

This was the first time for an event like this fully dedicated to students. Every student went through the job fair at least once, as part of their English class, study halls or flex time. HCTC bussed its students over as well.

Twenty local businesses set up “student-friendly” tables that not only included job information and applications, but enticing “giveaways” including ice cream, donuts, hats, logo items and more!

Students could be seen talking to potential employers, picking up and even returning filled out job applications! Several organizations also offered information on student internships and community service hours. The Chamber table offered work permit applications for 14- and 15-year-olds as well as the state of Maine guidelines on student work hours.

Meeting students on their “home turf” made a big difference to both the students and the employers. With school and activity schedules, many high school students do not have the time to go from employer to employer for information and job applications. Many students also felt more comfortable among peers, asking questions and checking out potential jobs.

The Chamber would like to thank Principal Dan Clifford and the staff at EHS for making this event possible. Thank you to the following businesses that took time to set up and spend a part of their day, meeting the future workforce: Dunkin’ Donuts; Camden National Bank; Jackson Lab; The Grand; Union River Lobster Pot; LL Bean; Rooster Brother; Wallace Events; Darling’s; Dairy Queen; Stanley Subaru; Hinckley Yachts; Flexit Café; Finns Irish Pub; UMaine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture; Downeast Railroad; The Telephone Museum; Timberland Acres Campground; and The Ellsworth American.

Gretchen Wilson

Executive Director

Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce

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