Be a VIP and shop for a job

VIP – Internet jargon notwithstanding – is an acronym for a very important person. It’s often also a synonym for a celebrity, star athlete or dignitary.

In short, a VIP typically is someone rich and/or famous, and thus someone who can afford to pay for VIP treatment.

Monday, at the second annual Seneca County Job Fair, anyone seeking a job can be a VIP for an hour.

The job fair itself is set for 3-6:30 p.m. at Tiffin University’s Heminger Center, the athletic complex at 350 Miami St. The event is meant to get people who are seeking jobs together with people who are seeking employees, plus offer help in building a resume, applying for a job online or in handling a job interview.

“We do know people were hired at (last year’s) event,” said Kathy Oliver, director of Seneca County Job and Family Services, one of the job fair sponsors. “I believe it’s a good opportunity for employers to find good people they’re looking for. And it’s a good opportunity for job seekers to meet with employers and hopefully get a job there.”

Here’s a tip: VIPs can enter an hour early.

To get VIP status, obtain a 2014 job seeker registration form online at and:

Complete a resume and have it reviewed by a staff member at an OhioMeansJobs Center.

Complete research on an employer for which you would like to be employed. This must be completed on the template form and all fields answered.

Complete the Soft Skills Quiz.

You will need to print the registration form and mail, email or drop off with a current resume to:

Carol Owen, WFD administrator, Seneca County Job and Family Services, 900 E CR 20, Tiffin, OH 44883. Her email address is

Or, if you are looking for a new or better job, just attend 3-6:30 p.m. Monday.

There won’t be a red carpet or paparazzi, but you just might land a new role in a major production. And, personally, that would be very important, indeed.