U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) today hosted a Job Fair at the Romeoville Recreation Center to connect job seekers with new opportunities at more than 90 of the area's top employers. The event marked Biggert's fourth and largest job fair in recent years with approximately 1,250 job seekers in attendance. Held in collaboration with the Village of Romeoville Veterans Commission, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, and DuPage Township, the event featured seminars on resume writing and interview skills, as well as workshops aimed at helping veteran job seekers translate their military backgrounds into private sector employment.
"With unemployment running at above eight percent for 42 straight months -- and even higher for veterans -- finding the right opening can be tough," said Biggert. "My top priority is reenergizing the economy, and that starts here at home. With so many great employers under one roof, I am confident we'll see some success stories emerge from today's fair."
Among the employers hosting booths were: Alarm Detection Systems, Blue Cross Blue Shield, G&W Electric, Dart Container, Fermilab, Peacock Engineering, PNC Bank, Rush University Medical Center, Walmart, and more. Companies promoted a wide range of openings, including positions as cashiers, engineers, financial advisors, registered nurses, sales associates, and warehouse loaders.
"With the current economy, job fairs have become more important than ever," said Romeoville Mayor John Noak. "This is a great way to assist our local veterans as well as other members of the community explore potential employment opportunities."
Several federal agencies -- including the National Park Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of Labor -- also promoted employment opportunities in the Chicago region.
"Turnout was great because employers want to grow and Americans want to work," said Biggert. "Right now, one of the biggest roadblocks to recovery is gridlock in Washington. We need to put a stop to all the looming tax hikes, ease the burdens on small businesses, and let the private sector grow. Some in Washington want to raise taxes during a recession, and that's the worst thing we could do -- for job seekers, and for these local businesses that want to hire them."