Thursday, December 21, 2006
Bi-county job fair set for March 1 in Holly Springs
By SUE WATSON
The 2007 Marshall-Benton Area Job Fair, sponsored by the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi, is set for March 1.
Volunteers with ideas and willingness to help organize the fair locally are encouraged to come to the January 4 luncheon meeting at Annie’s Restaurant in Holly Springs.
Help is needed with employer recruitment and job seeker outreach.
The first local job fair took place in 2003 and each successive year afterward. The number of employers with real job opportunities has increased each year, according to Joe Buckner, director of the Governor’s Job Fair Network. The network assists local communities in organizing job fairs throughout the state.
This year fair organizers will place emphasis on increasing the attendance of prospective employees, Buckner said. Organizers will strive to bring in graduating seniors to the March 1 Job Fair.
The fair seeks to provide interviewing and application opportunities for those individuals who live within commuting distance to work in Marshall and Benton counties or those who want to launch out into a career in areas such as law enforcement, the military, off shore jobs or river boat jobs, for example. Colleges and universities will also be recruiting students at the fair.
The Marshall County Industrial Development Authority is excited about helping recruit for this year’s fair, director Bill Renick said.
“New industries want to know if the prospective employees are here before they commit to moving to Marshall County,” he said.
Four employers have already registered, Buckner said. Last year 40 employers registered for the job fair. But it is important to get local employers with real job opportunities to come to the fair, if the event is to be truly as successful as it can be for the local work force.
Organizers will meet in January and February to plan for the event and add the final touches.
For those who appreciate having a job, becoming a volunteer for the job fair is a truly good way of showing gratitude to your employer.
The 2006 job fair results from January through November have been posted. Buckner said 17 fairs were held in the first 11 months serving a total of 1,096 employers and over 20,450 applicants.
An average of 5,892 job offers are made the day of the job fair.
Buckner projects that in 2007, fairs will result in the hiring of 9,366 individuals who placed applications in one of the governor’s job fairs.
Employers may register, see who’s attending and get directions online at www.jobfairs.ms.gov.
To volunteer or make an inquiry locally call the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce at 252-2943, the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce at 838-8127, or Ricky Pipkin (551-6853) or Don Jeanes (224-4422) with the Benton County Board of Supervisors.
Three Rivers Planning and Development District in Pontotoc also generously supports the job fair through contributions to the organizing committee’s efforts and assistance at the day of the fair.
The job fair will be held again at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs.
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