Job fair helping employers hire for summer or for life

Businesses and job-seekers can mark their calendars for a free job fair on Friday, March 22. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will help play matchmaker for people, whether they’re seeking full-time, part-time or summer employment. Students can also find co-op or job-shadowing opportunities.

The job fair will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Indian River High School, 29722 Armory Road, Dagsboro — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students only, and 3 to 7 p.m. for the general public.

“One of the biggest issues that our membership is facing is basically finding enough qualified workers … and we’re trying to use this job fair as a bridge to help them find qualified applicants,” said Fred Thomas, Chamber membership and programming manager. “What we’re trying to do is provide our members the opportunity to get their name out and provide for any type of job they may have.”

This is the Chamber’s first job fair in recent memory.

“It’s all about our mission to help our members as well as the community,” said Thomas. The fair is open to “anybody that needs to do any type of hiring … whether they’re hiring one, two or three, or 10, 15 or 20” people.

Businesses that are Chamber members can participate free of charge. Non-Chamber members should call for information. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is March 15. Businesses need to pay a $100 reservation deposit, to be refunded after participating in the event. More details are available online.

“We are basically giving them all an opportunity to go out and promote their businesses, and if they need to hire, have this fair open not only to the schoolkids, but to the general community at large.”

Attendees do no need to preregister. Job-seekers may want to dress nicely or bring copies of their résumé. A list of participating businesses will be advertised before the fair, so job-seekers can start pinpointing who they’d like to meet or potentially schedule on-site interviews.

At IRHS, many teenagers are looking for summer jobs. But many are also enrolled in pathway programs that require more serious internships or co-op training before graduation.

“It basically gives the kids the opportunity to get familiar with a career … and work, so that by the time they’re ready to graduate, they’ve got a pretty good idea of where they may want to head, from a career perspective,” Thomas said.

“We need to have businesses develop jobs and careers that will keep our kids in the area,” Thomas said. “We’re trying to help, not only from a short-term hiring need. … We’re also looking to make sure careers are available for the kids here.”

Details are online at For registration, call (302) 539-2100, ext. 116.


By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter