Hunting for Jobs

Naperville resident David Schech has been looking for steady employment for two years. His income stopped coming in when the recession began and construction jobs declined.

“Out of the seven companies I worked with doing construction, one by one they started going to the wayside and now they don’t have any crews anymore,” said Schech.

Schech is currently working towards a degree in criminal justice. He attended Congresswoman Judy Biggert’s job fair in hopes of finding a job in security. But he says willing to take a job doing just about anything to pay his bills.

“I’ve been unable to pay child support so I’ve been stuck in this circle with the court systems,” said Schech. “It’s to the point where they’re saying find a job at McDonalds, which I’m applying for that, too.”

Schech was one of 600 people who attended Congresswoman Biggert’s job fair in Romeoville. Biggert has hosted three job fairs since the recession began.

“They bring their resumes and can meet with 85 businesses who have all said that they’re looking for people,” said Biggert. “Hopefully we can get them together and they can come away with a job opportunity.”

Biggert sent invitations to all her constituents to the job fair, where they could do more than hunt for jobs. People like Schech could meet her and discuss the problems they faced in trying to find employment. As he was leaving Schech said he was optimistic about his future.

“Without the jobs you cant pay the child support and there’s a lot of other men out there that are fighting and stay productive as a father,” said Schech. “She said maybe she could help with some issues I’m having to do with that.”

Schech said he met many employers and made connections at the fair, and has hope for the future

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