DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — About 15 players spoke with more than 20 employers at Iowa Works’ first reverse job fair.
The fair is an opportunity for players to build a stable home in the Quad Cities and look to their future careers.
“We come here because we love the game,” said Quad City Steamwheelers’ Jamal Paxton. “Just playing sports sometimes doesn’t pay enough and finding a job is what helped me overcome that.”
The Steamwheelers team took a short break from their love of the game and training camp to introduce themselves to potential employers. Paxton has been playing arena football for three years and knows how important relationships can be for a young athlete.
“It’s always great to network, period,” Paxton said. “Even if you don’t get a job, networking and talking to people in meetings is still great.”
For some team members, like Joe Krall, a graduate of Monmouth College, the job fair is a chance to get a foothold in a field they know well.
“I feel like I’m coming home because I’ve made so many friends here in previous years,” Krall said. “Just to be you know, to have an opportunity to know you, maybe start or keep my life here.”
The fair was planned through a partnership between the Steamwheelers head coach and Iowa Works.
“Some of these, you know, employers, these job opportunities that come up talking to guys, it works better because now they’re thinking, ‘Oh, well, I can get a job, I can do this. “said head coach Cory Ross. “And now they’re building their resumes.
The reverse career fair also fits nicely into the schedule of a team preparing for its first game of the season.
“They’re very busy once they get here,” said Jamie McLaughlin, business services consultant for Iowa Works. “And they do the training camp and the practices and all the meetings. So they don’t have much time to search, if they don’t know the Quad Cities region. It was therefore important that we connect them to our region and our opportunities. »
For every gamer, there are plenty of opportunities to get excited.
“I really never thought of teaching,” Paxton said. “But the way they say it, it’s pretty cool to do it.”
“Steel work is really cool, warehousing,” Krall said. “I like to stand and move. I think that’s how time goes faster for me.
Iowa Works employees say the players left with plenty of business cards, phone numbers and potential meetings to follow. This was the first ever reverse job fair hosted by the Steamwheelers, and based on feedback from the coach and players, they hope it won’t be the last.
The Steamwheelers prepare for the season, even as they look for a job. Their first home game is against the Iowa Barnstormers on Friday, March 18 at the Tax Slayer Center. You can find their full season schedule here.
Below is a list of all the companies that participated in the show:
- Rock Island-Milan School District
- HNI Company
- TBK Bank Sports Complex and Level II Fitness Center
- Moline-Coal Valley School District
- Genesis Health System
- Uniparts Olson Inc.
- electronic engineering
- Norfolk iron and metal
- Bally Quad Cities
- Hy-Vee Inc.
- Durham School Services
- Family Resources Inc.
- Team Staffing Solutions, Inc.
- Elliott Aviation
- Central American Wireless Cellular
- Pleasant Valley Community School District
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