Thursday, February 1, 2007
March 1 Job Fair plus for growing Marshall
By SUE WATSON
With recent and expected job growth in Marshall County, more jobs are likely to become available for those entering or reentering the work force.
The main objective of the Marshall-Benton Area Job Fair, now in its third year is to match employers with real jobs to offer with job seekers, said Joe Buckner, director of the Governor’s Mississippi Job Network.
“We never forget our single focus is to help the unemployed pay their electric bills and put food on the table,” Buckner said. “In turn we help business and industry out. It’s all done under one roof.”
The Job Fair committee is still seeking employers who have job openings to register for the fair. Employers with jobs in commuting distance of Marshall and Benton counties are encouraged to register and do their interviewing on Thursday, March 1, at the Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs. The building will be open for job seekers from 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m.
Institutions of higher learning and military recruiters will be there to advise high school and college age students on educational or career opportunities.
“We hope to have enough job opportunities so unemployed parents can come and leave with real hope and a job offer,” Buckner said.
Gary Mills and Danny Timmons with the Mississippi Employment Security Commission were at the planning meeting at Annie’s Restaurant last week.
Mills said his office is focusing on business outreach. MDES will pay half of the cost of training new employees in established businesses and industry as part of its employer outreach, Mills said.
The next job fair committee meeting is set for noon at Annie’s on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Anyone who is willing to sign up as a volunteer for the job fair is encouraged to attend.
The Job Fair is locally sponsored by the Marshall and Benton County board of supervisors, Marshall County Industrial Development, the cities of Holly Springs and Byhalia, Three Rivers Planning and Development District, and numerous volunteers employed with area businesses.
As of last week, 11 employers had agreed to have a booth at the fair. Employers may register online and see who is attending the fair at www.jobfairs.ms.gov or they can register at either of the local chambers of commerce. Cost of registering a booth are modest and includes two lunches and brochure and Web site listings of available positions.
For additional information contact Joe Buckner at 601-321-6154 or fax information or a request for an application to 601-321-6147.
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