Thursday, January 19, 2006

Job Fair just five weeks away

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

The Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair Committee is seeking employers with job opportunities to make the February 23 Job Fair the best success ever.

Joe Buckner, with the Governor’s Job Fair Network, reported last week that 10 employers with good job opportunities have already registered for the upcoming fair to be held again this year at the Eddie Lee Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building on North Memphis Street in Holly Springs.

“We’re really off to a good start and could double the number of employers we had last year,” he said.

Last year 31 employers registered for the fair.

“It’s always a good show and when we set up in the Multi-Purpose Building it looks like Mistletoe Marketplace,” Buckner said.

Mistletoe is a women-run, volunteer, charitable organization in its 25th year in Jackson run by the Junior League.

Buckner reminded the job fair committee of the mission of the Job Fair Network.

“One reason is to help the people who are unemployed pay their bills and put food on the table,” he said. “I’ve been doing this 13 years and it really works. People do go to work and a good number of job offers are made at every job fair.”

The Governor’s Job Fair Network has no budget of its own and relies entirely on two state staffers, the local volunteers in each community and the small fees charged employers to pay the costs of the fair.

From now until February 23 the job fair committee will be approaching employers in Marshall County who have job opportunities or who expect to have them near the time of the fair.

“I know we are going to make the number of employers we had last year, but the opportunity exists to make this year better than last,” Buckner said.

Anyone wishing to help with the fair is asked to call the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce at 662-252-2943.

Employers who expect to have positions available in February and want to participate in the fair are asked to contact the Holly Springs or Byhalia Area Chambers of Commerce, The South Reporter, or Buckner’s office in Jackson by calling 601-321-6149 or by e-mail at jbuckner@mdes.ms.gov for quick registration, directions or to see who is attending.

Buckner offered the following quote from Charles Kingsley as inspiration: “Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being required to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know.”


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