CareerPoint of Holyoke has been hosting open-air job fairs at Heritage Park for the past ten years.
The “Hot Dogs, Hot Jobs” fair features free hot dogs for hundreds of applicants looking to land a job with one of the more than 50 companies and agencies looking to hire.
CareerPoint found this is a format that works.
“We’ve been doing this for ten years,” Executive Director David Gadaire said. “Companies are calling us all year, they can’t wait. They can’t wait to come back again. As you can tell, it’s kind of fun.”
This atmosphere of relaxed, animated job-hunting translates into having a positive impact on the people hoping to find work.
“Probably this is the easiest way to get a job.” Dan Crespo said. “Hot dogs, you’ve got music, you’ve got all kinds of people looking to hire men and others. It’s good.”
The job fair in the park is also designed specifically to help Holyoke’s newest residents: people who left hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to resettle in western Massachusetts.
“Companies that we know are able to hire people who are able to speak Spanish and hire people who speak a little bit of English,” Frank Martinez explained.
In past job fairs held in the park, dozens of men and women found their hot job under the sun.