‘Hot Dogs for Hot Jobs’ job fair held in Holyoke

Event was held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Friday

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It is hard work finding a job, and no one knows that better than the unemployed.

For those hungry for a new career, Holyoke Heritage State Park was the place to be Friday, for a fair called “Hot Dogs for Hot Jobs.”

People carried a tube steak in one hand and a resume in another, as they met with dozens of potential employers. We counted nearly 50 of some of the Pioneer Valley’s most iconic corporations, including Friendly’s, Six Flags, and Yankee Candle. All of them are actively recruiting, and it was not only for entry-level positions.

CareerPoint organized the event. Bud Delphin of CareerPoint told 22News that it is all about matching the right skills with the right employer.

“All throughout Massachusetts and western Massachusetts, the job market is improving, but western Massachusetts has a slightly lower unemployment rate than the eastern part of the state,” Delphin said.

Maria Morales of Springfield is looking for work. “It’s really hard, some places are hiring and some places are not, so it gets difficult,” Morales said.

CareerPoint said that this is the ninth year of the job fair, which is held at the beginning of each summer.

Massachusetts’ unemployment rate is just below 3%, which is less than the national average.