Watch now: Plenty of jobs but few applicants, employers say at job fair – Herald & Review

by | May 25, 2022 | Jobs

Valerie Wells

DECATUR — Finding applicants isn’t the problem at Gingerich Trucking so much as getting them through the hiring process and actually working.At the job fair on Wednesday at the Decatur Civic Center, which was sponsored by the Herald & Review, job seekers were few, but a number of employers ranging from Gingerich to Decatur Public Schools were on hand and ready to hire people.One of the problems Gingerich has with finding workers, said Dane Clark, is that people apply but when the company tries to reach them again, they “ghost” the company.“We had a guy, we were trying to call him to set up his drug test,” said Clark, who added that this happens a lot, “and he never answered the phone.”Things are getting better, said Crystal Benge of Masterbrand Cabinets Inc. in Arthur, but it’s a slow process.

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“We’re looking for production,” Benge said. “Lots of entry level positions available and also there has been some supervisor positions that require more education and things like that. It’s been hard since COVID to fill positions and keep people. It seems to have picked up this year a little bit better. This year we’ve had more people apply and actually stay than we have been having, so it is starting to look up and we’re hopeful.”Shania Kramer, who has two small children, was intrigued by the jobs available at Masterbrand and said she was going to try to get hired there. That kind of work suits her, she said, and it also sounded like a supportive and congenial work atmosphere.

Autum Ewing, left to right, Shania Kramer and Whitney Kramer listen to Crystal Benge speak about Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc., during a Herald & Review Job Fair on Wednesday at the Decatur Civic Center.


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