Recruiters were anxious to hire college graduates and others seeking employment during last week’s East Valley Job Fair.
The event took place at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa and featured 64 employers.
Inez Browning, a recruiter at financial services giant JP Morgan Chase, was recruiting for the Chase Cardservices call center at University Drive and Mill Avenue in Tempe.
“We merged with Bank One last year, so that’s just created a lot of opportunity for advancement within the company, and there’s a lot of entry level positions and a lot of management positions,” she said.
“The market right now, there’s a war for talent. It looks like a lot of people are looking for the same skill sets, so that can kind of put the applicant in a good situation because they have more of a choice.”
Chase is such a large organization that applicants can choose among a wide spectrum of specialties, including credit card services, retail banking, commercial banking, investments, automobile finance and home equity, Browning said.
“The company is very big on recognizing and developing talent, and moving talent within the company,” she said.
Evergreen Valley Health and Rehab is hoping to fill a number of nursing positions, as well as positions in its dietary department. The skilled nursing facility is located in east Mesa.
“As far as nursing . . . the work force is still very limited, the surplus is not there,” said Dee Dee Bailey, the facility’s administrator. “We’re trying to get people involved in the certified nursing assistant program because that could be utilized as a stepping stone for a lot of these people who are going into the health care field.”
The certified nursing program includes three weeks of instruction, then employees are certified by the Arizona State Board of Nursing as nursing assistants and placed in a hospital setting, she said.
“There’s definitely a lot more opportunity right now,” Bailey said.