June 30, 2016

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Brunswick job fair employs new texting technology

BRUNSWICK — Spending time filling out multiple applications was not necessary at Friday’s Brunswick Job Fair.

New technology that enabled job-seekers to text message an application to potential employers made its debut at the fair at the Brunswick Recreation and Fitness Center.

The texting program was released in August and is a product of University Heights company Flexhire. CEO Joe Regallis said he thought applicants at the fair seemed to understand how the application worked after it was explained to them.

“They got it once they realized texting is not the actual communication method, that it is being used like an e-mail,” Regallis said.

Regallis has said the program is helpful because job-seekers do not need to physically fill out applications for every employer, and it allows employers who cannot come to the fair to take applications.

In order to come to the fair, employers had to be offering jobs, but commission-only sales and home-based businesses were not eligible, said Brunswick Economic Development Director Tim Smith, who helped organize the event.

Many of the businesses attending the fair already accepted online applications, but it was the first time for Incredible Inflatables, said Christina Sochacky, public relations and marketing assistant. The Brunswick company is hiring full-time sewing machine operators.

While most employers only had a few positions available, mortgage company EC Financial, located off Rockside Road in Seven Hills, is looking to hire as many as 70 people over the next year, said Kimberly Kitchen, vice president of personnel development.

Those interested in applying for jobs using Flexhire can still fill out an application at www.flexhire.com.