MICHIGAN CITY — Hundreds of job-seekers of all ages were linked with employers from throughout the region when they attended the third annual Michigan City Community Job Fair at the Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center Wednesday.
Nearly five dozen companies representing various industries — retail, manufacturing, health care, education, government, sales, tech and more — accepted resumes and applications, distributed marketing materials and conducted on-the-spot interviews throughout the afternoon.
Available jobs ranged from entry-level to senior-executive.
Laura Grayam, customer experience team manager at Peepers in Michigan City, said, “I’m happy I came. We’re experiencing rapid growth, so rather than accepting applications blindly, it was really nice to be able to have those initial conversations face-to-face.”
Round tables in an adjacent room were set up to allow job seekers to complete applications onsite. At one such table was a group of students from Purdue University Northwest.
PNW junior health studies major Djordje Cancarevic submitted multiple resumes and applications at the event. He said, "I want to get my foot in the door somewhere, get some good experience while I'm in school."
Elizabeth Lustgarten, a PNW senior, said, “I graduate in May with a degree in business management, minor in human resources; so I came looking for full-time work. This is a great opportunity for locals, and I’m glad the Blue Chip Casino hosted it and is trying to help the community.”
In addition to the casino, sponsors for the job fair include the city of Michigan City, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, WorkOne Northwest IN and the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board.
EDCMC Executive Director Clarence Hulse said Michigan City High School seniors were invited to this year's job fair, and that it will be opened up to seniors from all La Porte County high schools next year.
"The word I'm hearing from the employers is that it's been a raving success, which I'm happy about. That means we get to do it again next year," Hulse said. "But we'll probably have to do it in another room because it keeps growing each year. We had to turn people away this year because we ran out of space."
Katie Eaton, economic development manager at EDCMC, said, “The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City continues to partner with our sponsors of the job fair each year to provide a service and resource to our employers in the Michigan City area. The job fair is a great opportunity for businesses to meet candidates for open positions, network with other companies, and market themselves to the community. It is an important event in our community because it showcases the large variety of employers we have and the numerous job opportunities that are available.”