Medical and industrial businesses come together to hold job fair


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — For those looking for a job in the medical and steel industry, they were given an opportunity to learn about some nearby jobs.

Many job seekers have probably been job searching all throughout the pandemic and Wednesday evening they were able to meet face to face with representatives from three businesses — Allsouth Urgent Care, Qualico Steel, and APEC.

All of the jobs present at the job fair are feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. For Allsouth Urgent Care, they are feeling it the hardest as there is a shortage of healthcare workers for various positions.

“We’re having to hire more front desk people, medical assistants, x-ray techs, that’s what we’re looking for…So being here at the job fair gives people an opportunity to look and see what we’re offering it helps our local economy and also help everybody be healthier,” OCCMed Supervisor Carson Tew said.

Qualico Steel and APEC are under the same company umbrella and have been fortunate to stay away from COVID cases in the workplace. Qualico Steel is looking for maintenance and welders and APEC is in need of machine operators.

However, both jobs believe the need for workers this year is centered around the fear of COVID-19.

“We cannot find employees that are willing to come and work and some of that is probably linked to the fact that they can make more during the time of COVID staying home than they could coming to work,” Qualico Steel HR Director Tonni Hicks said.

And if you couldn’t make it to the job fair Wednesday evening it’s not a problem. All you have to do is visit their website or show up to the business with a resume in hand.

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