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By Valerie D. Lockhart
     A weary look appears on Dennis Jackson’s face, as he sorts through the mail and runs across a past due bill. Time on the 47-year-old father of five’s unemployment checks is winding down, and he cries out, “Lord help me!”
      Falling deeper into a state of depression, his mood lightens when he learns of the Bankable Thanks Job Fair that will take place on November 21, 2015 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Quality Inn & Suites Banquet Center 30375 Plymouth (off Middlebelt) Livonia, Mich. 48150. 
  “Maybe, this is the Lord’s way of answering my prayer,” says Jackson. “I’ve been searching for a job at a plant. I can operate a hi-lo and have skills doing assembly work. It can’t hurt for me to go and to see what’s up.”
      Like Jackson, others are encouraged to attend the Bankable Thanks Job Fair that seeks to fill about 1,000 open positions. 
  Positions include certified teachers, teacher aides, custodians, cafeteria workers, drivers, general labor, warehouse, shipping & receiving, manufacturing, Certified Nursing Assistants, customer service, insurance agents, sales, data entry, clerical, assemblers, panel wirers, pipe fitters, machine tool electricians, machine operators, press operators, quality inspectors, warehouse workers, MIG/TIG welders, CNC Operators, hi-lo drivers, plumbers, electricians, tax preparers, IT professionals, title examiners, disbursement analysts, purchase processors, short order cooks, counter personnel, cashiers, food preps and more. 
     The salary range is from $9 to over $25 per hour. Many of the positions offer full benefits, including health insurance.
     Recruiters from various companies will be on hand to interview applicants. Participating companies include Abcott Institute, Advanced Staffing, Allstate Insurance, Burger King, Detroit Native Sun, Discrete Designs, Front Page Deli, Impact Management Services, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Maximum Tax Service, McDonalds, Michigan National Guard, New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Title Source, and more. The salary range is from $9 to over $25 per hour. Many of the positions offer full benefits, including health insurance.
     Applicants are encouraged to come prepared to interview on site for a position. Bring plenty of resumes and dress for success to make a lasting impression. However, generic job applications will be on hand for those without a resume to complete. 
     “I have my resume ready and my shoes shinned,” adds Jackson. “I’m hoping to make a good impression on a recruiter, so they’ll hire me on the spot. Who knows, maybe my family and I will have something added to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We may even have a check to take to the bank, and I ain’t talking about an unemployment check. I need a job, and I’ll be there to find one.”
     The Bankable Thanks Job Fair is sponsored by the Detroit Native Sun in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. For additional information, call (313)457-5944, email detroitnativesunnews@gmail.com and enter Job Fair in the subject line.

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