Johnson, Schiavoni cross party lines for job fair

LISBON – Presenting the idea that finding jobs for area residents is not about political affiliation, but taking action, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, announced their co-sponsorship of an upcoming job fair.

The 2014 Eastern Ohio Jobs Fair will be held at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 13. Johnson noted the hours were selected so that those who feel they are underemployed or looking for a career change can attend during their lunch break from their current job.

“We try not to let politics get involved in everything we do politically, if that makes sense,” Schiavoni said, adding while spending time in his district he meets both employers looking for good employees and good people looking for jobs. “If you touch only a few people in your district and affect their lives positively, it’s worth doing.”

Johnson said this is the third job fair event he has been involved in hosting in the past few years, and each gets bigger. He was recently involved in a Women in Energy Summit event in Mahoning County geared toward helping women learn about the potential jobs available to them in the area’s growing energy sector.

This job fair is not only for employers in the energy sector, Johnson said, but in all types of employment looking to grow and hire in this region. At the last event there were 80 employers and more than 500 people came to meet them.

Employers interested in setting up a booth will be allowed to do so for free. They are encouraged to start registering with either Johnson’s or Schiavoni’s offices. Johnson encourages those businesses interested to register at

Potential applicants are asked to bring resumes and come dressed ready to interview for a job, because some employers have been known to conduct some interviews on the spot at previous events.

Jack Hile, the manager of the Columbiana County One Stop where the announcement was made on Friday, said if anyone needs help putting together a resume or honing their interviewing skills they can stop by the Ohio Means Jobs, One Stop office in Lisbon without an appointment. The office is located in the new Jobs and Family Services building on Dickey Drive.

“I just want to thank Congressman Bill Johnson, Sen. Joe Schiavoni, the Columbiana County Commissioners and the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center for hosting this event,” said Bert Cene, director of the Mahoning and Columbiana Training Association. “This is all about jobs. This is all about what we do.”