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More companies vying for spots at career fair

Job fair reflects trends in declining unemployment rates as more firms are looking to hire

Posted: April 12, 2013 1:54 p.m.
Updated: April 12, 2013 1:54 p.m.

In a sign that the economic tides are shifting, more companies are signing up for the College of the Canyons spring job fair than the college has seen since 2008, said a spokesman for the college.

The number of companies looking to hire mirrors today’s lower jobless numbers, said Anthony Michaelides, director of Career Services. Companies are back to actively recruiting.

“We have close to 50 companies that have signed up and we’re still three weeks away,” Michaelides said on Tuesday.

The Signal newspaper partnered with COC to support the two job fairs, which are free and open to the public.
The organizers are also holding a number of 50-minute workshops for participants.

“This is a joint effort to help people find jobs and help local employers find the best recruits,” said Randy Morton, publisher of The Signal.

Job fair participants have the opportunity to meet directly with employers and participate in workshops at COC’s Valencia campus April 24 and its Canyon Country campus on May 8.

“Jobs are key in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Morton said. “The Signal also offers job-seekers a chance to broaden their search efforts through the newspaper’s print and online recruitment ads, which include the ‘Top Jobs Video’ ads posted on The Signal’s website.”

Three years ago, COC’s career center was bombarded with people looking for jobs, Michaelides said. Today he he says he sees fewer people seeking jobs and more companies recruiting.

Companies joining the job fair are pre-screened to ensure they have job openings and that they’re actually hiring, he said. The spring job fair has companies recruiting for all levels of positions.

“In 2003, we had 138 companies at a job fair,” Michaelides said. “In 2008 we had 57 companies. We’re up from our lowest point when we only had 32 companies show up at one job fair.”

The job openings this year are in a wide range of career fields, with both variety and numbers of jobs up over previous years, he said. Also, there is a big demand in the manufacturing fields, Michaelides said.

“It’s following the trend; as unemployment goes down, more companies come to us, more often, to post jobs,” he said.

Michaelides advises job seekers to arrive at the job fairs prepared with resumes, to dress sharply, have questions ready, and not wait to show up until the very end.

A list of the companies participating and workshops offered at each career fair can be viewed at



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