Imagine someone who wants to make a decent living in a hands-on way that doesn’t necessarily require a college degree. Now, imagine a service-company owner who needs help but lacks time and budget for a big hiring push.
Wouldn’t it be great to get these two together? And if you gathered multiple job-seekers and companies, you’d have the makings of a career fair. But not the kind you usually hear about, involving university students and big-name employers.
Instead, the event we’re planning for Friday, Aug. 28, will focus on service-company jobs, ranging from front-office help and general labor to skilled trades such as plumbing and carpentry. We’re inviting job-seekers to meet with top-rated local service companies from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. that day, at our Indianapolis campus, 1030 E. Washington St.
The idea for our first-ever service industry job fair follows the kids’ career day we debuted in late May at the public school near our campus. We brought craftsmen and women and other service pros to the school. Through practical demonstrations, they showed fifth- and sixth-graders that there are many options for jobs that pay well, are satisfying and may not require a four-year degree.
As we wrapped up that wonderful day, the school principal said she wished there could be a similar event for the kids’ parents, many of whom need steady work. Because I know that many service companies struggle to find quality employees, I was immediately intrigued.
We’re starting small with this first job fair, but I have big hopes for events that connect kids and adults to the skilled trades and home services. These kinds of jobs can start small but provide all kinds of opportunity. I know many folks who learned a skill or trade, practiced it well and eventually owned a business that hires other people.
Angie’s List is a catalyst for connecting service companies with consumers, so it’s a natural step for us to link busy service providers with other audiences, be it schoolchildren wondering what to do when they grow up or grownups in search of a job.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE CENTRAL INDIANA SERVICE INDUSTRY JOB FAIR.
Photo by Eldon Lindsay