Thursday, January 18, 2007
Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair seeks employers
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair Committee is pushing to get as many employers as possible in the two counties with real job opportunities to register for the March 1 event.
The fourth job fair for the area, supported by the Governor’s Job Fair Network and Three Rivers Planning and Development District, as well as local sponsors, aims at enrolling up to 40 employers for this year’s fair, according to Joe Buckner with the governor’s office.
The employer outreach goes on until the day of the fair with the aim of providing as many real job opportunities to prospective employees as possible.
Buckner, who has conducted job fairs across the state for 14 years, said the sole reason for the fair is to bring prospective employees face-to-face with employers.
“Our focus is to help these people who are unemployed find work and to help families put food on the table,” Buckner said. “We know we’re impacting people’s lives and that’s why we do this. It is also a valuable service for employers.”
Buckner shared a success story where one company was in the final testing process to hire 20 employees. All 20 were job seekers who attended the Job Fair in Corinth, he said.
Some select high school seniors will be invited to attend this job fair with their school counselors.
Buckner said it would serve seniors well to go face-to-face with employers and get job seeking and interviewing experience.
He added that the majority of job seekers who attend the fairs are looking for jobs near or within commuting distance from their homes.
The Job Fair opens at 9 a.m. March 1 at the Eddie Lee Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs. The fair closes at 2 p.m.
Job seekers are encouraged to bring a resume and wear dress appropriate for an interview. Important personal information such as work experience or history, names of persons who are willing to provide references, and educational background and places of attendance are helpful in filling out applications.
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