Hundreds Pack Local Job Fair
Vermonters Vie For Small Pot Of Jobs
Posted on WCAX: Oct 24, 2011 11:37 AM
By Jill Glavan

SOUTH BURLINGTON, V.T. — Nearly 400 people showed up to a job fair in South Burlington, all vying for just 30 jobs with a local health tech company. The orientation, put on by non-profit training group Vermont HITEC, was the first stage of a hiring process for jobs at Allscripts, a company that focuses on electronic health records. "We've had the most applicants that we've (ever) had for any program," HITEC organizer Julie Hegle said.

The jobs drew large numbers in particular because they will come with an intensive training program, funded by a federal grant. Applicants did not need previous experience to be considered. "I think for a lot of the people that are coming into this, (it) will be new to them," Allscripts employee Andrew Sears said.

Many of the applicants were unemployed or under-employed, including Matthew Ross, who lost his job in April and recently started working at McDonald's. "It's not what I want to do with the rest of my life," Ross said. Organizers said that they were hoping the huge turnout would spur other employers to consider hiring locally, given the great need for jobs. "A lot of people need good-paying jobs. They need work," Hegle said.
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