“We are always on the lookout for good talent”

Nearly 56% of respondents to a NACE survey say they will increase hiring at their colleges, up from just 16.5% the year before, the report said. A ratio of 41% will maintain their level of hiring. Less than 4% will decrease their number of college hires.

Jamie’s Tire and Service is a local business that will be at the job fair on Wednesday. It has stores in Greene and Montgomery counties and its chief marketing officer, James Gilcher, said the hiring today was different than in previous years.

“I wouldn’t say we’re having trouble finding people, there are a lot of workers there,” Gilcher said. “But you have to try a little harder as an employer right now to get their attention and get them an offer they want to accept.”

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He said the company has taken a serious look at what it pays employees and what incentives it offers to keep them. He said job fairs can be good opportunities to meet potential employees.

“We’re in the mindset that we’re always on the lookout for good talent,” Gilcher said. “In the past, we’ve (found) some really good people attending this type of event.”

Jamie’s Tire and Service Manager, Rob Leach, works on Jeep on Friday afternoon, June 24, 2022. The company will be participating in Wednesday’s summer job fair at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Jamie’s Tire and Service Manager, Rob Leach, works on Jeep on Friday afternoon, June 24, 2022. The company will be participating in Wednesday’s summer job fair at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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He said sometimes people don’t think about applying to a company or industry until they meet someone who works there and job fairs are a good place for that to happen.

Gilcher said experience is helpful for some jobs available at Jamie’s Tire and Service, but it’s not a requirement. The business grew to six stores.

“We are looking for new people to come grow with us and take it to the next level.”

Staff reporter Nick Blizzard contributed to this report

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