By EMMA QUASNY
In conjunction with the Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Westfield High School (WHS) will host a job fair on Tuesday, April 19 to give students the opportunity to apply for part-time jobs. A variety of businesses in the Westfield community will be offered to students to introduce them to the job market while providing them with professional skills.
This is the second year that the chamber and the high school have teamed up to give this opportunity to students. WHS Deputy Director Matt Putman said due to the high turnout and feedback received at the job fair last year, they decided to hold another one.
“We had about 20 companies that showed up last year and we decided and with student input, it was a win-win or a winner across the board,” Putman said. “It’s an opportunity to really connect our students to different possible job opportunities, but we believe these job opportunities provide job skills and life lessons on what it takes to be successful as an employee. , whatever happens.”
Students will have the opportunity to learn more about Westfield companies, complete applications, arrange interviews or even be interviewed on site.
Putman said the job fair aims to provide students with the necessary resources, whether they are actively seeking part-time employment or simply want to learn more about Westfield companies.
“I think it’s very convenient to be able to have several companies in one place at once, where they can just go from one company to another and find out about the different job opportunities they might have, etc.”, Putman said. . “It’s really an opportunity for them to explore and see what’s available and what’s in the Westfield community.”
The job fair is a key way for students to start having conversations from a hiring perspective, and the job fair is a way for them to continue developing important job skills.
“[The job fair] allows them to learn more about businesses in the community and the interview skills they would take away are worth a lot [to] help them build that trust for their future,” Putman said.
Westfield businesses in the hospitality, fast food and general service industry are among what will be offered to students on Tuesday. Putman said the chamber and the school look to the future to continue providing this opportunity for students.