Would-be workers flock to job fair

"Where I am I pretty much plateaued," he said. "What I am trying to do is, is go ahead and try to get a better opportunity for me and my family."

He said it was also good for the area to see a boost in new job opportunities during a difficult economy.

"It is good for Upstate right now just to see employment," he said. "Things are bleak now, so just to have that positive motivation from ShopRite itself is great."

Not everyone walked away from the event with positive reactions though, with some attendees saying it was a waste of time.

The one thing surprising some people was after Urtz talked about the company and opportunities, he concluded by telling everyone to apply online. Company representatives did take rEsumEs people brought in with them, but even those people will be required to apply online.

Susan Dantz, 52, of Scotia, was looking for another part-time job or a full-time job, and she left wondering why ShopRite had everyone came out just to be told to apply online.

"Basically it wasn't really necessary for us to come down. We could have just gone online and filled out the application and submitted our rEsumE electronically," said Dantz. "For them, it was more of an informational thing it really wasn't, I don't think, truly a job fair. It was just information for us."

She said she did hand in her resume to a company representative.

The event was meant to coincide with the online application period, which also opened June 20. ShopRite is looking to start the hiring process around the middle of July and is planning to open its doors to the public in October. Due to the large interest, Urtz said it might take the company a little longer than planned to review all submitted applications.

Tom Urtz, vice president of Human Resources and Community Affairs for ShopRite talks to people about the company and job opportunities during the job fair on June 20.
Photo by John Purcell/Spotlight

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