Looking for a new job or know someone who is? The pandemic has left a lot of people unemployed or underemployed. Well a staffing agency in West Michigan is holding a job fair this week, with the goal of hiring 500 people at more than 100 local companies.

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Grand Rapids Business Journal reports that Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids' job fair is Wednesday, April 7, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1760 44th St. SW in Wyoming.

Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids describes the positions as "light industrial positions available at all different skill levels". All shifts are available and pay ranges from $14-$18 plus per hour.

Janis Petrini, owner of Express Pros of Grand Rapids, tells GRBJ:

West Michigan and the nation are currently experiencing one of the tightest labor markets in the last 25 years. The far-reaching impacts of the pandemic, combined with a local economy that is surging back to life at an unprecedented pace, has created the perfect storm that is resulting in massive hiring demand at local companies.

When looking at light industrial, manufacturing, warehousing and similar positions, it is definitely a job seekers’ market. The good news for job seekers is that they will have more opportunities than ever before and could receive higher pay and better benefits as companies compete for top talent. For those who are unemployed or under-employed, now is the time to find a great position with competitive pay and great long-term growth opportunities.

At the job fair Wednesday, job seekers can expect on-the-spot interviews. Anyone who would prefer to contact Express Pro by phone, rather than in person, can do so by calling 616-281-061.

According to Express Pros, available positions include:

• Machine Operator
• CNC Machine Operator
• Inspector/Packer
• Cleaner/Janitor
• Quality Inspector
• Forklift Driver
• Warehouse Worker
• Apartment Maintenance Technician
• Grounds Technician
• Delivery Driver/Warehouse
• Production Worker
• Dock Worker
• Plastic Molding Machine Operator
• Press Operator
• Die Cast Operator
• General Labor
• Mechanical Assembly
• Shipping & Receiving
• Material Handler
• Packaging
• Foundry General Labor
• Sewing/Upholster

You can find more information and RSVP here.

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