Thursday, February 25, 2010
Job Fair expecting big turnout
By SUE WATSON
With 34 prospective employers signed up for space at the McMillan Gym on Rust College campus, volunteer organizers are putting out the highway signs signaling the upcoming Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair March 4.
The doors open for job seekers at 9 a.m. that Thursday, and the event continues until 2 p.m.
An optimistic Joe Buckner, with the Governor’s Job Fair Network, said he thinks the job market is springing back to life with a trucking company one of those looking for employees this year.
“A trucking company coming to a job fair is a good sign the economy is improving,” he said. “We will have a wide range of job opportunities.”
A person who is always grateful for the job he has, Buckner said if only 10 people get job interviews it will be worth the effort put into organizing the fair, which seeks to help the unemployed in Marshall and Benton counties find work.
Jobs have never been more scarce for Americans than in the recent couple of years.
“I’ve never worked at a more critical time,” Buckner said. “Everyone knows someone who has been laid off or lost a job.”
But the good news is that there are jobs available for those who are willing to go a little distance away from home to get them, he said.
“There are jobs across the state and it’s a matter of linking people up with the employers who have them,” he said. “More people are looking for employment than ever since I’ve been doing job fairs.”
The mobile WIN Center will be at the fair to help those who want to go on the Internet to make a job search or file an application. Job seekers who want to use the mobile unit should look for the big bus in the parking lot when they arrive.
Employers who have jobs to offer can come in as late as the day of the fair to set up a booth.
“We will turn no one away,” Buckner said.
The annual job fair is put on by volunteers from Marshall and Benton counties.
They consist of local leaders, business people and professionals who are eager to improve the economic soundness of the community in which they live.
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