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Meet you at the job fair

Aug 21, 2017
Photo by: Grace King The final Rock Around the Block was all about the jobs Friday, Aug. 18, as employers set up around Central Park. Above, Daniel Puumala spoke with several companies about employee opportunities during the Rock Around the Block Job Fair.

By Grace King, Mt, Pleasant News


Bonnie Wilson didn’t attend the job fair in search of a new career. No, Wilson walked from her apartment to the square Friday evening, Aug. 18, in search of community. Wilson moved to Mt. Pleasant from West Burlington three weeks ago when her husband moved into a nursing home.

“My daughter insisted I get out here and see what (the community’s) like,” Wilson said, adding that the move was also to be closer to her daughter, who works at Iowa Wesleyan University.

August’s Rocking to Fill Jobs, the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance’s third and final Rock Around the Block of the summer, had a successful turnout, according to Membership Coordinator at the Chamber, Melissa Flowers.

The job fair brought out 17 companies from the area searching for new employees and three additional companies sponsoring the event.

Kiwanis Club was one of the organizations at Rock Around the Block that was there to show their support for the kids of Henry County, Alecia Clouse said. Kiwanis had set up a bouncy house and had two bicycles they were raffling to children in grades eight or under.

And while you couldn’t fill out a job application at the Kiwanis booth, there were plenty of other companies you could hope to get a call from on Monday for an interview.

ResourceMFG, for one, was looking for second-shift employees. Angela Janecek said that they were at the job fair to get their name out there. Daniel Puumala, who stopped by the booth and filled out an application, along with applying at several other companies, said that the job fair was a great opportunity for someone like him who had no prior work experience.

“A lot of people my age are running into this Catch 22. You need a job to have a job, but you can’t get a job if you haven’t had a job,” Puumala said.

Puumala recently moved to Mt. Pleasant from Las Vegas, Nev., after he thought he had secured a job in the area. The job fell through and now he’s looking for anywhere that will hire him at the moment.

At the Team Staffing booth, Jennifer Conner was encouraging kids attempting “Flamingo Ring Toss.”

“We’re discovering it’s a little more difficult than we initially thought, so everyone wins a prize for trying,” Conner said, adding that Team Staffing hoped the children’s game would entice parents to take a look at their job description.

Although Team Staffing has participated in previous Rock Around the Block events, this was the first job fair they attended. “There’s a lot of openings here in Mt. Pleasant,” Conner said. “We’re hoping to draw some people in.”

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