Spring into Summer hiring spree

Job seekers turned out in full force for the second annual Spring into Summer Hiring Spree Job Fair held recently inside the gym at Victoria Community Regional Park in Carson.

For three hours, over 2,000 attendees spoke with more than 70 employers from government, private sector, and non-profit agencies.

“This is another great opportunity for the community,” said Richard De La Torre, public information officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education Communications Department. “We’re here to hopefully get people jump started into a job and maybe a career.”  Larry Jointer, who waited with hundreds of others to enter the gym, said he was a bit pessimistic about attending his first job fair and daunted by the numbers of people also seeking work.

“I’m not a fan of crowds,” Jointer said. “I usually apply for jobs online or physically go to the job site where I’m seeking employment, but when I arrived here around 9 a.m. the line wasn’t bad.”

Jointer, who has experience in retail, packing, shipping, and receiving, went on to say that overall the experience was positive: the event was well organized and the people who helped him register were friendly.

First time job fair attendee, Dominic Jackson, 23, shared Jointer’s sentiment. He added, however, that he had hoped a personal impression would help him secure a job and was dismayed that many employers instructed him to go online and fill out an application.

“I thought employers were hiring on the spot,” Jackson said. “but I’m happy that I’ve made contacts today that I can follow up with after I submit my application online. “I love people trying to help people,” he continued.

To make sure job seekers looked and felt their best, students from Beyond 21st Century Beauty Academy, a beauty school in Santa Fe Springs, California, and Jelon Reliford, the owner of Jelon Architect, a barbershop in Carson were on hand to give attendees free manicures and hair styles.

“When people look good they feel better,” said barber Jelon Reliford, who was offering free hair cuts “When people are looking for a job, they can be discouraged. I wanted to do something that would help them on their way.”