By Megan Ahern
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Hundreds of students looking for employment turned out April 10 for the Job Fair at Camden County College.
Companies set up 27 tables for students to visit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Connector Building. The companies were Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, Avon, Bancroft Neurohealth, Burns Hyundai, Caring Hospice Services, Columbus Veterinary Hospital, Education Works, Farmers Insurance, Girl Scouts of Southern and Central New Jersey, H&R Block, Hardenbergh Insurance Group, J&J Staffing Resources, Kmart, Loving Care Agency, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Providence Pediatric Medical DayCare. Retail Business Development, Sears Home Improvement Products, South Jersey Credit Union, Source4Teachers, St. John of God, Toys ‘R US/ Babies ‘R US, TruGreen Lawn Care, United States Army, Uno’s Restaurants, URBN Café, and United States Judiciary/Camden Vicinage.
At one table sat Andrea Pointon, a regional sales manager, and Christine Varquez, account representative, from J&J Staffing Resources, who said they were looking for any type of employee with any experience. They hire applicants from those with no experience to those with much experience. They said working with J&J Staff Resources has the advantages of high pay, health benefits, trained services coordinators to market skills, direct deposit, vacation pay, holiday pay and referral bonuses.
Many students wandered around looking at the tables. Student William Fewer-Reed said he was looking for a job in education or health care. He added he is employed as a restaurant server but he has been in the restaurant business for about 10 years and wants to change his profession to something in which he would have more of a future. When asked if he had success at the job fair, he said, “I talked to a representative from Camden Vicinage who might have a summer internship available. I also talked to someone about possibly being a music therapist to elderly folks in hospice care. Yes, I did have a bit of luck.”