Temple's annual job fair continues to grow, offer opportunities

Temple University's neighborhood job fair broke records for number of employers in attendance.

Cherri Gregg
May 17, 2018 - 3:25 pm
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Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University hosted its annual neighborhood job fair on Thursday and for the second year in a row broke records for number of employers in attendance.

Originally created during the recession to help residents of North Philadelphia, the fair has grown into a citywide event.

"We have 114 employers here today and they're all hiring," said Michael Robinson, director of community outreach and hiring.

Temple has hosted this event for 12 years. This is the second year in a row the fair broke its attendance record.

More than 2,000 people attended — and it's not just focused on students.

"We look for adult professionals, veterans and recent college grads," he said. 

"These are real jobs," added Leanne Stow, who works with Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia. "We definitely need people."

The Visiting Nurse Association was looking for nurse's aides, while other companies sought bus drivers, bank tellers and social workers — with pay ranging from $10 to $21 an hour.

"It gets discouraging, but you have to keep on going," said Allan Harris, who traveled from New Jersey for the fair.

He said online searches are not working in his favor, so he wanted to see employers "one-on-one, face-to-face instead of being on the computer."