Eyewitness News Job Fair expecting big turnout

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Eyewitness News is preparing to bring back an annual tradition — aimed at getting Rhode Islanders back to work.

The 7th Annual Eyewitness News Job Fair will take place Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Warwick police will be present throughout the day, helping job-seekers to navigate their way because traffic is expected.

Lieutenant Michael Gilbert says he expects a huge turnout.

“This job fair has grown over the last several years. Obviously because of the economy, probably 1,500 to 4,000 people,” he said.

Police say parking will be tight — and make sure not to park on the side streets because you will be towed or ticketed.

“What we mainly encourage is people to use the satellite parking. We’ve set up overflow parking and once the Crowne Plaza fills up people are strongly encouraged to use the Warwick Mall and then we have shuttle buses bringing them in,” Gilbert said.

More than 90 companies are expected at the event — but Alliance Home Security is coming back with more jobs to offer than anyone else.

The company has more than 20 openings and CEO Jay Gotra said the job fair provides a simply opportunity for job-seekers to meet with potential employees.

“It helps us a great deal because we find qualified individuals all at one location. And we don’t have to scour resumes and hope to find the right people. We get to meet them face to face,” he said.

Barry Crins, CSO of Alliance, says job seekers should always stay in touch even if the available positions are filled.

“I personally have a sales department of 70 guys on the phone now,” Crins said. “I plan on doubling that by the end of the year.”

And be make sure to come prepared — Gotra said the ideal employee will be nicely dressed with an updated resume.

“Dress sharp, have a proper resume updated. Be there with a smile because everyone wants to work with someone who is positive and excited,” he said.

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