Health care career fair connects job seekers with recruiters

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Health care is a hot field and job seekers know it. We found hundreds of people at a career fair hosted by Maricopa Workforce Connections Thursday.

We also found recruiters reminding people, this is an industry that needs people with the right education and certification.
 
“I think the medical field right now is just booming,” said Sharone Brown, as she left the career fair in Gilbert.
 
Twenty-two recruiters saw a steady stream of people just like Brown looking for a career in the health care industry.
 
“It's been very difficult,” said a man named Jay.
 
He is a patient care tech who's been out of work for two years.
 
Donna Hines moved back to Arizona last year. She's a certified nurse assistant, but she also went back to school for medical billing. 
 
“It's just updating your resume,” she said of her efforts to restart a career. “Updating your computer skills.”
 
Job seekers young and old were in this crowd. But many are trying to break back into the workforce and get much-needed experience in order to advance their career.

The good thing about a career fair is there is a chance to meet a person.
 
“The best part is you get a face,” said Tonya Fitch, who was recruiting for AT Still University. “It's hard sometimes when you're in the applicant tracking systems to get to know people. So, it's always good to come to job fairs and see people live one on one and get a face with a name.”
 
This is the first targeted event for the Gilbert office of Maricopa Workforce Connections. Recruiters said they have a lot of openings, but they see a lot of people who need a little more education or certifications.
 
“We need somebody that has the certification,” said April Baker from Bright Star Home Health. “Not everybody has that.”
 
Recruiters also reminded us that there are a lot of jobs in the medical industry that have nothing to do with medicine, like IT, for example. They recommend job seekers know what they want to do within that industry.