Thursday, January 21, 2010
Job fair March 4
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair is just around the corner, Thursday, March 4, and it’s a big challenge to get employers to turn out who have jobs to offer.
The 2009 fair will be held again in the McMillan Gymnasium at Rust College.
“It will be a big challange to fill that gym up at Rust College with employers,” said Joe Buckner, director of the Governor’s Job Fair Network.
But every year the job fair seems to grow with employers with real job opportunities to offer those who are willing to take a job. Shipyard and military jobs are a definite this year, as well as opportunities in education, law enforcement and in sales and industry.
“We’re off to a good start,” Buckner said to a room full of job fair planners and volunteers at the December meeting.
“We are still wondering how job fairs are going to turn out. We were worried last year and it turned out to be successful.”
Jobs are easy to lose in this economic environment and people say every day they are just glad to have a job.
“I just had a son-in-law laid off,” Buckner said. “He was in sales. I just hope to help graduates and people in our conditions trying to make it in life. We know how to do it. Let’s make this the biggest job fair we’ve ever done here.”
To meet with the committee and help plan for the March 4 job fair or become a volunteer, attend the next job fair planning meeting Friday, Jan. 29, at noon at Annie’s Restaurant.
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