More than 700 local job seekers dis­cussed employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of top neigh­bor­hood com­pa­nies and training orga­ni­za­tions on Wednesday at Northeastern’s inau­gural com­mu­nity job fair.

North­eastern has had a long-​​standing com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity out­reach and sup­port,” said event orga­nizer Cheryl Whit­field, the university’s assis­tant vice pres­i­dent of talent man­age­ment and orga­ni­za­tional devel­op­ment. “The job fair is just another example of that com­mit­ment and sup­port for our neighbors.”

The all-​​day event was held in the Curry Stu­dent Center Ball­room, which was packed with ven­dors ranging from Coca Cola to Barnes & Noble. The job seekers were looking for work in a variety of fields, from con­struc­tion and ship­ping to accounting and multimedia.

Boston res­i­dent Gary Maxey showed up in search of a part-​​time job in com­mer­cial cleaning. “I’m having fun,” he said. “I feel like I’m at a car show without the cars.”

This is my first time at a job fair and I’m impressed,” he added. “I feel like I’m on a pos­i­tive path to finding employment.”

Most of the ven­dors had job open­ings at North­eastern. Take, for example, the Thom S. Carlson Cor­po­ra­tion, a pro­fes­sional ser­vices employer on Hunt­ington Avenue.  According to oper­a­tions man­ager Broovelt Lacet, more than a dozen employees are cur­rently removing car­pets, painting, and power washing build­ings on campus.

We try to help every­body find a job,” Lacet said. “Working for us will help you get fur­ther along in life,” he added, noting the company’s men­toring ser­vices and GED program.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of three training organizations—YMCA Training, Oper­a­tion A.B.L.E., and Boston Career Link—were busy net­working with dozens of local job seekers.

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson addressed the local job seekers on Wednesday afternoon.

Boston City Coun­cilor Tito Jackson addressed the local job seekers on Wednesday afternoon.

David Pina is the intake coor­di­nator for YMCA Training, a Boston-​​based non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides access to employ­ment through a 20-​​week office sup­port skills training pro­gram. “We pro­vide the skills you need to get a job,” he said, adding that the pro­gram includes a lesson on resume writing and inter­view prepa­ra­tion. “If you have the right work ethic, then there’s no reason you can’t be successful.”

Boston City Coun­cilor Tito Jackson under­scored Pina’s sen­ti­ment in a short speech after the event began, praising the job seekers for looking for work in order to “take care of them­selves, their fam­i­lies, and their com­mu­ni­ties.” Then he picked the first of the event’s nine lucky raffle win­ners, a female job seeker who won an e-​​reader from Northeastern’s bookstore.