Thursday, November 15, 2007
Job Fair slated for Feb. 19
By SUE WATSON
Organizers for the Marshall-Benton Area Job Fair 2008 have set February 19 as the date for next year’s job fair at the Eddie Lee Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs.
Joe Buckner with the Mississippi Job Fair Network said the annual job fair, one of 18 statewide next year, is important for the area and that people do receive real job opportunities from this fair every year.
Emphasis for the next few meetings will be on enrolling many employers with the fair who will have or expect to have job openings.
The sole purpose of the job fair is to match people looking for good jobs with prospective employers, he said.
A good, solid turnout of employers and job seekers was seen last year, Buckner said. There are always success stories, including last year a gentleman leaving the fair without a job offer, going back inside with Buckner and getting an offer with Canal Barge.
“So, that gentleman can work the barge and do his handyman job, too,” Buckner said.
Lots of times a job offer can be had after a person is ready to pull out of the parking lot, he said. Sometimes a person does not have a clear idea of what type of job they are willing to ask for.
“We stand outside and talk to people and ask if they got an offer,” Buckner said. “Those who have marketable skills get jobs and aggressive recruiters get to hire them. Some people get four or five offers the day of the fair.”
Many, also, who do not get the job offer they want say the job fair is beneficial to them, he said.
Employers who want to rent booth space for the fair are encouraged to call the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce at 662-838-8127 or the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce at 662-252-2943. Or e-mail Buckner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locally, Catholic Social Services provides training for those seeking help with resumes, information about how to be ready for the interview, and many other helpful preparations including free resume writing. Call Catholic Social Services at 662-252-1336 for an appointment. Catholic Social Services is located behind St. Joseph Catholic Church in Holly Springs on East Van Dorn.
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