2 online job fairs Wednesday aim to help Wisconsinites unemployed during COVID-19

Shelley K. Mesch | Wisconsin State Journal

A Madison staffing firm and local job centers are hosting job fairs Wednesday highlighting open jobs within dozens of local companies to help area residents who had been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Wisconsin Workforce Development Association is partnering with regional development boards and job centers to put on a different job fair Wednesday.

Through the job centers and development boards, including the Dane County Job Center and the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin in Madison, job seekers can view dozens of fliers for various job openings in what the association is calling a “click-through” job fair.

“We know it can be difficult to connect job seekers to employers, especially when in-person job fairs and recruitment events are on pause,” said Seth Lentz, CEO of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin. “This Click Thru Job Fair is a great way for talented workers and career opportunities to intersect virtually.”

About 90 employers, ranging from manufacturers to construction companies to professional offices, submitted flyers for job seekers to peruse online at wdbscw.org/click-thru-job-fair.

The click-through job fair follows previous drive-through job fairs hosted by the development boards and job centers across the state. To promote social distancing, the job centers canceled in-person events during the pandemic while finding other ways to match the droves of newly unemployed workers with open jobs.

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