Face to face Milford job fair brings businesses, potential employees together

MILFORD – New Hampshire’s unemployment rate might be low right now, but there are still people looking for work, and last week there was some help available in the town hall auditorium.

Milford teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce and Share Outreach to hold a job fair where representatives from 20 businesses were ready to talk to potential employees.

At least 100 people came through the auditorium during the three-hour fair on March 18.

“We know two people were hired on the spot, and several more employers reported that they had several interviews scheduled,” said Tracy Hutchins, the Chamber’s executive director.

Hannah Fitzgerald, of Milford, was looking for a part-time job in child care and brought her resume to Julie Gadziala of FYN Staffing, of Manchester.

Gadziala looked at it, said it was “perfect,” but said Hannah’s age – 16 – might be too young for some employers.

“A lot of resumes need just a few minor adjustments,” Gadziala said. “If the resume is not clear, or laid out properly, a potential employer could overlook it.”

Gadziala also said people should put volunteer work in their resume, because it “shows you’re not just sitting home. If you remain a vibrant part of the community, that’s what employers are looking for.”

The Milford Recreation Department had a table advertising jobs and Director Arene Berry said they’re looking for a pool director, lifeguard and park ranger.

Ian Willikens, a golf pro at the Amherst Country Club, was looking for food and beverage workers for the season that will open soon.

He has seen the job search from the other side – he received a degree from the Boston Bartending School this year, hoping to land a bartending job for the four winter months the club is closed but has had no luck so far.

For the country club, the fair was worthwhile, he said. Although most people are not looking for a seasonal job, he said, if he find only one or two employees, it’s worth it.

Adam Tomich, representing Design Works, a Hudson landscape design and construction firm, said the job fair was a good way to market his company and he likes the opportunity to talk to people face to face – “the most effective way” to learn about prospective employees, he said.

Car and truck sales are very strong this year, said sales manager Derek Eastman, who was manning the Contemporary Chrysler table. Business is growing and he is looking for technicians, sales people and service advisors.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or