Township hosts job fair Sept. 27

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 22, 2021

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — On the heels of news that the U.S. economy added just 235,000 jobs in August, compared with an expected 720,000 new hires, Harrison Township is looking to connect job seekers with those hiring in an effort to boost the community’s economic wellbeing.

Jeff Hohlfeldt is chairman of the Harrison Township Economic Development Corporation, whose mission is to be the liaison between the government of Harrison Township and the businesses and business leaders of the township. The primary focus of the group is economic development within the township.

“We always have a mission to try to do what we can to help with economic development, and when talking to many business owners — who are really our key constituents — what they told us is that they would be able to dramatically grow their business and increase their influence in the community if they had more labor to be able to grow their business,” Hohlfeldt said.

Renée Nixon, adult services librarian at the Harrison Township Public Library, said the library had also heard from some regional business groups that companies really needed help getting people back to work.

“We decided to move on it and (thought) that it was a timely thing to, maybe, make some connections with the businesses in the community and actively help people who are seeking jobs at the same time,” Nixon said.

That’s why the library and the Economic Development Corporation have partnered for the Harrison Township Job Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Total Sports, 40501 Production Drive. The event is free for both those looking for a job and participating businesses.

Federal programs offering boosts to unemployment have recently expired, and Nixon said that she’s heard from some business leaders that they are hoping it will increase the amount of people looking for jobs.

“It’s a tough market for businesses to find people,” she said.

The employers at the fair will be offering different incentives, from full-time benefits to flexible schedules and signing bonuses. There will also be giveaways and raffles for those attending the job fair.

“We’ve got approximately 750 jobs that are ... looking to be placed,” Hohlfeldt said.

A large variety of jobs are available from a wide variety of businesses, ranging from general industrial to retail to health care. Local companies searching for employees include Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, Northern Industrial Manufacturing, Ferro Industries, Dave’s Sweet Tooth, Kroger, Lake St. Clair Metroparks, McLaren Macomb and Macy’s.

“Then we’ve got Pleasantrees, which is a real big one — they’re hiring a bunch. The township will be there, Michigan Works Macomb County division will be there, Jarvis. ... All sorts of different companies (having) all sorts of hiring needs,” he said.

One benefit of the fair is that the jobs are all close to home for residents of the township.

“The job market, right now, is so tight that what makes this opportunity unique is, this is almost like a hiring fair,” Hohlfeldt said. “In talking with a lot of my partnership companies, they’re ready to hire almost on the spot. It’s a really good time to come into the labor market. These companies are paying really top collar, and in almost all cases, no experience is necessary.”

Nixon said the facility will have a separate room for businesses to meet privately with job seekers if they so choose, so she said those attending should be prepared for an interview on the spot.

“I would bring anything you can think of that you might want to hand someone in an interview,” she said. “It can happen.”

She has also put together resources for job seekers on the library’s website at htlibrary.org/resources-for-job-seekers and for local business leaders at htlibrary.org/top-tools-for-local-business-leaders.

For those looking for a new job, tutor.com has career counselors who will review resumes. Businesses can use demographic research using databases available on the library’s site, as well.

“We have all these kinds of niche tools and resources that we wanted to highlight and make sure people are using them,” Nixon said.

Most of the services are available remotely, but job seekers in need of a computer can also use one at the library, she said.

“Harrison Township is definitely open for business,” Hohlfeldt said. “If people are looking for jobs ... definitely consider the township. It could be a great place to make a living, put food on the table, feel like you belong.”

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