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PA CareerLink Lancaster County is always looking for ways to improve their job fairs and meet the needs of businesses and the community. This year is no exception. The Spring Job Fair will be held Thursday, April 25th, at Liberty Place, 313 West Liberty Street, Lancaster with greatly expanded hours.

This year hours are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM to accommodate those who are underemployed, working first shift, or are exploring other job opportunities, but will also benefit those still in school or training during the day who would have otherwise been unable to attend.

Coordinator of Business Services Laura O’Neill explains that the longer hours are partly due to Lancaster’s low unemployment rate which has decreased the size of the candidate pool. Extending the hours will allow anyone interested in a new career, career change or exploring other opportunities to attend. “There’s more time for them to seek out employers and for the employers to see job seekers,” she says.

The job fair is open to the general public, but pre-registration, though not required, is advantageous as it allows entry through the Fast Track Line the day of the fair. To pre-register go to CareerLink and search the events calendar for the Spring Job Fair. Registration forms are also available at PA CareerLink® Lancaster County, 1016 N. Charlotte Street, Lancaster, and must be presented at time of entry. Those who do not pre-register can do so at the event. 

Currently over 80 companies and community partners are registered to participate. Employers are hiring in many areas such as manufacturing, skilled labor, health care, human services, customer service, and more.

“The great thing about a job fair is the networking experience. It’s for job seekers to meet with employers, learn about available opportunities, get their name out and find out next steps. Employers promote their opportunities and business, and the interviews and hiring come after,” O’Neill says.

To help prepare for and get the most out of your attendance at the fair, plan on completing a Job Fair Boot Camp. Learn what to include on your resume, how to research participating employers, create a job fair strategy and communicate with employers. Dressing for success helps you stand out and is covered as well. Dates and times can be viewed at on the events calendar by searching for Job Fair Boot Camp.

PA CareerLink is doing what it can to reduce the hard work of job seeking by presenting multiple employers and the ability to learn about available openings in one place. Do your part by taking advantage of the extended hours and the preparation strategies to land a new or improved career.