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Hoping to fill thousands of vacant positions, employers are recruiting in person

There are thousands of job vacancies to be filled on the Central and South Coasts
Caroline Feraday
There are thousands of job vacancies to be filled on the Central and South Coasts

The pandemic has created thousands of job vacancies on the Central and South Coast, with employers scrambling to fill them.

An event in the Conejo Valley on Wednesday aimed to match up some vacant roles with prospective candidates.

From hospitality to healthcare there are multiple job vacancies per company, at this job fair in Thousand Oaks.

Miguel Zavala, a recruiter with UCLA Health, is one of those here seeking to attract new employees.

"The candidates have a lot of options, there's a lot of good hospitals in California and they have choices," he told KCLU. "We are actively recruiting and we need good people."

Lisa is here to see what’s on offer. But with no urgency to their search.

"We are looking for stuff that we want to do instead of stuff we have to do, now," said Lisa. "Seriously, when you get older, you don't want to work in a cruddy environment."

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.