Those looking for a better job got to browse openings at more than 50 companies.More photos can be found here.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of job seekers flocked to Berkshire Hills Country Club on Thursday for the annual Berkshire Chamber of Commerce career fair.
The fair featured 51 employers from all over the region to collect resumes and tell people what positions they need filled.
"We've already had 230 people [at noon] and we're anticipating more than 400 for the day," said Darci Hess, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce's director of marketing.
Of note, Hess said many of those job seekers listed themselves as "underemployed" rather than "unemployed," showing an increase in attendees looking for another career step.
The jobs featured ranged from entry level all the way to management.
"Last year, we had a lot of unemployed and people working part-time looking for full time," she said.
The closure of the North Adams Regional Hospital, which left 530 people out of work, triggered a rise in attendance from North County. Immediately following the closure, Hess said some health-care companies joined the array of presenters to gain staff for what is expected to be increased need.
"We did get an influx for medical positions," Hess said.
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