Virtual job fair courts displaced employees

55 employers will describe openings

May 20, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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Those who have been furloughed or displaced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic should attend a virtual job fair being held Thursday, regardless of their skill level.

“It's all about hope,” said Mark Gordon, Butler County chief of economic development and planning.

The Tri-County Virtual Job Fair is a collaboration between Butler, Beaver and northern Allegheny counties and will host 55 employers from those areas.

The job fair, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be broken into the following employment categories:

Healthcare, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Education, nonprofit, childcare and training, 10 to 11 a.m.

Finance and banking, tech/I.T., legal, marketing and sales, 11 a.m. to noon.

Retail and food, tourism and hospitality, noon to 1 p.m.

Manufacturing and construction, 1 to 2 p.m.

Gordon said all displaced employees, including those looking for jobs in custodial or retail fields to veteran employees who worked with their companies for decades before being furloughed, should attend the job fair.

“We are trying to meet a need in the area,” he said.

Gordon said the job seekers participating in the fair will hear each employer briefly describe their businesses, the open positions, how many positions are available, the jobs' requirements regarding skills, education or certifications, and how job seekers can apply for the positions.

Job seekers, Gordon said, should be prepared to jot down the positions in which they are interested so they can apply.

Job seekers will not be interviewed or screened during the job fair, Gordon said.

Those interested in participating in the virtual job fair should visit, click on “COVID-19 resources” at the top of the page, then click on “employee resources,” where they can register.

An email will then be sent to those who registered that will include information on logging onto the virtual event.

The Tri-County Virtual Job Fair is being sponsored by the Job Corps, with participation by the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, the Butler County Growth Collaborative, the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, the Community Development Corporation of Butler County, Cranberry Township, the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce and the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.