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November 18, 2013

Derry fair offers nearly 600 jobs

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Advance usually employes nine to 11 people at stores and pay varies with experience and market, she said.

The company is open to hiring people from other fields with the right skills and will train them, she said.

The turnout impressed Privitera.

“I was not expecting this many people today,” she said. “It’s awesome.”

James Risley of Derry said he was being flexible after three months looking for work.

“Mostly, I’m looking for laboring or a desk job,” Risley said.

Risley said he was a little bit encouraged by job prospects lately and pleased with what he was hearing.

“People were very nice here,” Risley said.

Dave Paquette of Atkinson was trying to find his way back to work after extended time among the unemployed.

“I’ve been out two years and I’m at the point where I’m wondering do I want to retire early or go back to work,” he said.

Paquette’s background involves 30 years in high tech, but it was a tax preparer position with Jackson Hewitt that got his attention.

“You come in for one thing and you see others,” Paquette said.

Grandmother Alice Szalay of Derry was looking to get back to work after three months.

She said her background is in warehouse, office work and taking care of children. Her granddaughter accompanied her yesterday.

“Easter Seals caught my eye and FedEx, too,” Szalay said as she made the rounds of recruiters.

Many, but not all, job seekers dressed well for the occasion. They had handfuls of resumes.

Szacik said those are important things, as well as the information to complete an application.

“They need to come and introduce themselves,” she said.

She underscored the importance of one-on-one discussions between recruiters and job hunters that can lead to a formal interview.

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