TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Hundreds of job seekers lined up, resume in hand, looking for work at the Lucas County Job and Career Fair.
Michael Chavis, a former supply chain logistics manager, is hoping to stand out from the crowd of hundreds of applicants. Chavis says job fairs like this on are invaluable for people who are out of work.
Get's your name out to the employers, who actually physically handle your resume instead of just throwing it on the internet and watching it go into a black hole ." says Chavis.
About 50 employers were on hand at the event, all with job openings that needed filled. The most prominent employer was Chrysler, which currently has 15 full time job openings and an upcoming 1,100 new jobs being created from the expansion at the Jeep North Assembly Plant.
Ed Schaeffer, with Chrysler says, "We are planning on putting on a second shift next year, that we are advertising our website so people know how they can apply online when those jobs become open."
Organizers of the event hope that the variety of businesses will help job seekers find work in an area they may have previously overlooked.
"One of the advantages of a jobs fair is that it brings together companies that maybe people haven't thought about, careers that maybe they didn't realize were out there. So it gives them a chance to do a little shopping about what kind of job they might be interested in." says District 9 Representative Marcy Kaptur.
And local leaders say the sight of so many businesses hiring is a sign the economy is improving.