In-person events like job fairs may not be prudent or feasible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many of the area’s essential employers are eagerly seeking workers to fill vital job roles.

To help, Southwestern Community College’s Career Services is offering a Virtual Job Fair through the SCC Job Board (www.southwesterncc.edu/job-board) and Google Meet from 9 a.m. until noon Friday, April 24.

Employers who’d like to reach a large number of qualified job-seekers can sign up by contacting Mike Despeaux, SCC’s director of Career Services, at m_despeaux@southwesterncc.edu.

“For the first time I can remember, job-seekers may well vastly outnumber the employment opportunities on the market,” Despeaux said. “We want to help connect them with employers who are in a position to hire right now, and we believe this virtual format is the way to go.

“I also want to emphasize that this event is open to everyone in our service area who’s looking for a job right now,” Despeaux added. “Of course, we want our students and alumni to participate, but we also want folks in the general public to know they are welcome as well.”

Despeaux will open the Virtual Job Fair with a brief presentation about SCC’s resources for employers and job-seekers. He’ll then open the floor for participating employers, one at a time, to introduce themselves and list current positions for which they’re hiring.

Throughout the three-hour event, employers will concurrently be available to field calls, respond to emails and set up individual Google Meets or Zoom calls to discuss their job openings and hiring plans.

Listings for employers who commit to attend are available at southwesterncc.edu/job-board.

“You don’t have to wait for the day of the career fair to apply for positions on SCC’s Job Board,” Despeaux said. “Our hope is that this Job Board will become a standing resource for employers and anyone who’s looking for a job even after COVID-19 is in our rear-view mirrors.”

Job-seekers can get more info about how to participate in the Virtual Job Fair by filling out an interest form at www.southwesterncc.edu/job-board.