NAPLES — The Job fair at Hodges University in Naples on Friday was just what Ana Maldonado needed.
Maldonado of Lehigh Acres has been unemployed since August and is looking for a position where she can work from home but is keeping an open mind.
“I’m try to find something, anything right now, that comes up knocking on my door,” Maldonado said.
This is the first time the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has hosted a job fair in Collier County. They offer fairs in Lee County twice a year, and decided to try an additional fair to help team up employers and residents in the Naples area.
“It’s getting harder and harder to get a job so this is just a way of helping,” said chamber president Veronica Culberston.
About a dozen employers attended the fair, including Sun Trust, Comcast, J.J. Taylor, FOX 4, Wackenhut Corp. and Primerica.
“We’re looking for individuals that have a really good work ethic,” said Primerica’s district manager Sandra Caceus.
Primerica wants to fill five open positions locally, ranging in career level from entry level to experienced.
While many at the fair said they are optimistic the economy is picking up, employers are still watching every penny.
“We are actually looking to cut costs and reduce overtime,” said Kaity Pimpinella, human resources manager at Wackenhut Corp. “To do that we need to hire people.”
Wackenhut, an international security company with an office in Fort Myers, is looking to hire two security officers.
Job seekers looking for a competitive edge should be persistent, said FOX 4 Marketing Director Brent Struense.
“You have to stay persistent,” she said, “and I think that’s probably one of the biggest keys to landing a job today.”