Nurses in high demand at job fair

Nursing continues to be a field where there is a high demand for workers, as many who attended the Central Iowa Job Fair at Marshalltown Community College Wednesday can attest.

“We are looking for CNAs, RNs and LPNs, both in our hospital and our clinic settings,” said Paula Wantiez, who works in human resources with Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center. “As our population is aging, the demand is there.”

Paige Harvey, of Iowa River Hospice, also said they were mainly recruiting nurses at the fair.

Sandy Supianoski, employer relations supervisor at the college, said the demand for nurses in a constant thing, when she was asked about what are the hottest jobs out there.

“Healthcare is always No. 1,” Supianoski said.

She said another high demand is work in industrial maintenance, especially in the Marshalltown area with the industrial workforce.

“Industrial maintenance is always a need,” Supianoski said.

A total of 46 employers were represented at the job fair in a wide range of fields from law enforcement to human service agencies.

Mike Mitchell was at the fair representing Growmark Inc. and he said they are looking for workers this spring for 8 to 10 week jobs as the crop season gets started.

“We are looking at a record year of crop production,” Mitchell said.

Supianoski said they tell students the that first impression is key when meeting with potential employers.

“We tell the students they should have an ‘elevator speech,’ which is a 30-second speech about themselves,” she said.