Saturday, February 27, 2021

C-K employers still hiring during COVID-19 pandemic

Chatham-Kent Economic Development and Employment and Social Services are reminding people who are looking for careers, that businesses are still hiring even during the COVID outbreak.

Essential businesses across industries such as health, agriculture, manufacturing, service delivery, finance and many more are actively seeking new employees for both part-time and full-time roles, Municipal officials say.

“There is no doubt that businesses have been hard hit in recent weeks, but there are still many who are hiring new staff in order to provide important products and services that we need,” stated Jamie Rainbird, manager at Chatham-Kent Economic Development, in a press release.

“In our conversations with business leaders it is very clear that workforce needs continue to be a top priority.”

In an effort to help address the labor market demands, the municipal jobs board has been undergoing a series of updates to make it easier for both people to find jobs and for employers to list them, Municipal officials say.

“When people visit www.chatham-kent.ca/jobs, they are able to search through a variety of community positions currently available,” stated Matthew Keech, program manager with Chatham-Kent Employment & Social Services, in a press release.

“We have also made it easier for businesses to add their job listings to the online jobs board and continue to streamline the process.”

Keech added: “People seeking employment opportunities may find support through the help of Employment Resource Advisors at the Chatham-Kent Employment Resource Centre at 519-436-1123. The advisors can help with job search resources, leads, and information on area employers. The advisors are also available to assist businesses with posting job opportunities.”

One example of jobs that have been recently posted include Whyte’s Foods in Wallaceburg, which is looking to hire forklift operators, general labour, and a machine operator.

Economic Development has also been working with a variety of other partners including the Goodwill Career Centre, St. Clair College Employment Centre, and Settlement Services career development team.

“The first stop for careers needs to be the Chatham-Kent jobs board,” Rainbird said.

“After that, we encourage businesses and residents to look across all tools available to them, including our partners’ websites and others such as Indeed, and LinkedIn.”

Rainbird added: “Chatham-Kent is a perfect community to raise a family, have a great quality of life, and to find meaningful work. Everyone is welcome.”

In addition to an updated careers list on the Chatham-Kent community jobs board, people can also find information about volunteer opportunities, training and supports, and program for businesses and entrepreneurs.

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