EMPLOYMENT SEEKERS FIND SUCCESS AT CITY OF EL MONTE’S FREE JOB FAIR
September 12, 2012 • 960 views
By Mario Villegas
El Monte, CA – Remaining steadfast in “putting the community back to work,” the City of El Monte held a Job Fair Sept. 1 at the El Monte Community Center that was designed to connect job seekers with employers seeking to fill positions. It marked the fourth consecutive year that the City has held a free job fair on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.
In keeping with tradition, City organizers invited only the companies and agencies that had employment opportunities to offer the approximate 700 job seekers who attended.
El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Juventino “J” Gomez said that providing jobs for the El Monte community is the goal. “This is the fourth year that we meet here to help the people in our community find jobs,” he said. “Unfortunately, there’s a lot of unemployment and we didn’t want to give job seekers false hope. We wanted to provide jobs, and we were able to provide jobs once again.”
WalMart/Sam’s Club, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Norms Restaurants and Longo Toyota were among the companies that had employment recruiters with jobs to offer. Representatives from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol were also there. “Preparing for Success” and “Interview Techniques” workshops and assistance with resume writing were also provided to job seekers.
The Job Fair was held in participation with the Central San Gabriel Valley Work Source, the state Employment Development Department, the County Department of Social Services, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The El Monte Police Officer’s Association is one of the job fair sponsors.