Saturday’s job fair results in multiple job offers for some participants

Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston partnered with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Mac Properties, the University of Chicago and Arise Chicago to host a hospitality job and resource fair geared to former Treasure Island employees last Saturday, October 13 at the Shoreland Apartments.

Participating employers included Allied Universal Security Services, Bon Appetit Management Company, County Fair Foods, Porkchop, Kimbark Laundry, Mac Properties, Quest Food Management Services, Target, Yelp, and a new Hyde Park restaurant opening soon (name not yet released). Flyers for upcoming hiring events at Jewel Osco, Rome’s Joy Catering, and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership were also distributed to attendees.

Additional community-based organizations involved in the planning of the event included the Woodlawn Resource Center, Hope Works, Bright Star Community Outreach (helping to screen applicants for UChicago jobs), and the Mid-South Job Center.

The event was organized in response to requests by attendees at Alderman Hairston’s community meeting on Tuesday, October 10. Participating employers felt the event was successful and expressed interest in another hiring fair to be marketed to local residents.

With several of the job-seekers receiving 3-4 job offers, the event offered a chance to explore new career opportunities in the Hyde Park area.

While local markets including Mariano’s and Whole Foods Market did not attend, it has been reported that multiple former Hyde Park Treasure Island employees have been hired and have already begun the training process.

10+ local businesses participated in the hiring fair - photo by Paul Beaty
Job-seekers meeting participating employers – photo by Paul Beaty
10+ local businesses participated in the hiring fair – photo by Paul Beaty
Positive connections were made, and several job-seekers received multiple job offers – photo by Paul Beaty