Agriculture

San Benito County “Building Business” Community Job Fair Oct. 20

Event for businesses, job seekers to be held 4-7 p.m. in the Hollister Veterans Memorial Building

Are you searching for a job, a new local career or seeking employees? Then don’t miss the San Benito County “Building Business” Community Job Fair on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 649 San Benito St. in downtown Hollister.

“America’s Job Center of California is your one-stop shop for workforce services, like this Job Fair, for employers and job seekers alike,” said San Benito County Employment and Training Services Counselor, Megan Crable. “If you have job openings, our staff can assist you at this event by receiving applications so that you can focus on promoting your company and talking to potential employees at your booth during the event.”

This event will host more than 23 employers and agencies promoting their job openings and career opportunities in a variety of fields. Local employers are scheduled to attend and job seekers will have the opportunity to meet employers from all industries. Veterans and military spouses are also encouraged to attend. Veterans with Military ID have the option to participate in the job fair in a special, Veterans only session from 3-4 p.m. 

The San Benito County America’s Job Center will have staff members on hand at the event to provide resume, application and on-site interview assistance. Applicants are asked to come prepared, professionally “dressed for success” and to bring copies of their resume complete with their latest contact information.

Assistance for job seekers is also being provided in advance of the event 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Job Center located at 1111 San Felipe Rd., Suite 107 in Hollister. Employment readiness workshops are also held at the Center from 8:30 a.m.to noon every Thursday and Friday.

The event is sponsored by Pacific Scientific, Teknova, Plumbers, Steamfitters & Refrigeration Fitters Local Union 393 and Infinity Staffing. Businesses are currently still being recruited to sponsor and participate in the event. It’s not too late to secure your spot for participation.

The Community Job Fair is sponsored by San Benito County America’s Job Center of California and the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see sbcjobs.org, sanbenitocountychamber.com or contact Megan Crable at (831) 638-3323 or [email protected]. Spanish speakers may contact Pedro Ornelas at (831) 638-3317 or [email protected].

The San Benito County America’s Job Center of California is part of a state wide network of conveniently located centers providing employment and training services all in one place. Center programs include: job services, unemployment insurance, vocational education, vocational rehabilitation, veterans services, welfare to work transitioning and youth services. The center is funded by the Department of Labor under the Workforce Investment Act. Its goal is to make the recruitment, hiring, and training process easier, faster, and more efficient for both job seekers and employers.

Kristina Chavez Wyatt

With more than a decade of community engagement, business advocacy, public relations and government affairs experience, Kristina Chavez Wyatt specializes in building and favorably positioning projects, programs, products and organizations via building coalitions of support through grassroots community engagement. She currently focuses on developing and executing strategic communications programs, building relationships, economic development strategy, business advocacy and navigating processes of government. Kristina formed Farmhouse Communications in 2011 following serving as a senior account executive for prominent national public affairs firm Meridian Pacific, Inc. and a central coast public relations firm Armanasco Public Relations, Inc. where she specialized in community relations, government affairs and media relations with a primary focus on PR, public affairs, land use and environmental policy, hospitality & tourism development, business advocacy, agriculture and grassroots community engagement. Kristina serves as Executive Director of the San Benito County Business Council, as a community engagement consultant in business development, energy, land use, agriculture and public policy sectors. She also serves as a Client Advisor for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC). She is active throughout the Central Coast region in Farm Day agricultural education programs, area Chambers of Commerce, Farm Bureaus of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, Rotary Club of Hollister and California Women for Agriculture. She was appointed by Governor Brown in July 2014 to serve as a Trustee of the 33rd Agricultural District/San Benito County Fair. Kristina has been recognized as the 2009 Salinas Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen, the 2010 Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year and 2010 Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Under her leadership, Farmhouse Communications was honored by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as 2015 Service Business of the Year. Kristina’s work in community engagement as a member of the project team on the City of Salinas Economic Development Element was lauded in May and July 2015 by the American Planning Association Northern California and California State Chapters with awards of excellence for economic development planning and in April 2016 with an Outstanding Award in planning by the Association of Environmental Professionals. Kristina is a 5th generation Californian, raised in Gilroy. She is a graduate of Gavilan College and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture and lives in Hollister with her husband Craig Wyatt who works as an agricultural crop production supervisor, their twin daughters Hailey and Molly and dog Rabbit.