Drawing from a pool of trained workers, nearly two dozen employers visited Minuteman High School for the school’s annual career fair. The event, held off the school’s main lobby on Tuesday, April 12, attracted a diverse group of employers ranging from landscaping and catering firms to health-care and cosmetology firms.
All were looking for the same thing: qualified candidates for jobs.
Denise Gianoulis from Hairsay II in Arlington was looking for applicants for two part-time cosmetology jobs in her hair salon.
Jeff Antonellis of Capron Lighting & Sound Co. in Needham was looking for workers for his company which provides temporary power for concerts, marathons and other live events.
Both said it was their first time attending a high school career fair.
"We’re looking for people with a good work ethic – someone who shows up on time, someone good with customers, someone who’s pleasant," Gianoulis saud in a news release. She said cosmetology students at Minuteman have a head start on others because they are prepared for their state Cosmetology license exam before they graduate. She herself attended Arlington High School and a private hairdressing school in Cambridge.
Antonellis of Capron Lighting said he was hoping to find someone "motivated" and willing to do "a lot of weekend work."
Ryan Frost, also from Capron, said, "It’s all in the attitude."
Following the event, both said they met some students that showed real potential and might be hired.
Businesses and agencies participating in the fair included Barrett Tree Service East Inc., Billerica Water Department, Capron, Control Air Systems, Garrick-Santo Landscape Co., Gibbons Electricm Hairsay II, Hanscom Air Force Base – 66 Force Support Squadron, Hobbs Brook Management, Lexington Alarm Systems, LogixHealth, McDonald’s, MIT Technology Childcare Center at Lincoln Labs, National Lumber, Right at Home, Supercuts, True Value by Ideal/Ideal Concrete Block, Valley Crest and Walker.
Several branches of the military were represented, including the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy.
Employers wishing to review the qualifications of Minuteman students looking for work can visit the school’s online Job Board >>
Minuteman students visited the career fair during their lunch period.
This year’s fair was organized by Joseph Pitta, Minuteman’s coordinator of workforce and economic development, and Allison Salisbury, his assistant.
This announcement was published Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
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