Thursday, January 27, 2011
Job fair March 2
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, at Rust College gymnasium. Doors open at 9 a.m.
The job fair committee is seeking employers with job offerings to register for the fair. Eleven employers have already signed up for the annual event. (Visit www.jobfairs.ms.gov to register as an employer or to see which employers have already signed up to be here.)
Joe Buckner, with the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi, said he believes there will be more job openings this year than last over the state. More employers are readily registering for the job fairs this year, he said.
Buckner believes job fairs are a good way for those seeking employment to get a job offer.
“I believe in what we are doing,” he said. “Last year 41 employers registered for the fair and 121 job offers were made at the fair with another 125 jobs projected by employers from the fair last year.”
Buckner said he would be very sad and sick at heart if he had no job. Helping connect job seekers with employers has been his life’s work since 1993.
“I’ve got bills to be paid just like everyone else,” he said. “Like everyone else, I would be sick if I didn't have a job.”
Participation in job fairs has been an up and down phenomenon with good years and not so good years, he said. The last few years are the worst he has seen.
“We all know somebody who has lost a job,” he said. “The last two years we have had to work harder to get employers to register. I’ve noticed the change this year already.”
Kosciusko is having its first job fair in February this year, and Buckner said already 23 employers have registered for the fair.
“I sense some employers beginning to look at hiring more people - that something is happening to our economy - that things are beginning to open up,” Buckner said.
“We can help more unemployed moms and dads who are sitting at home now to get jobs and to be able to pay their bills.”
Face time with a human resources officer with a company means a lot, he said.
That is because so many companies are requiring prospective employees to go online to file an application, he said.
“Dress appropriately, talk the right talk, seem to have skills and the human resources person will pick you out,” Buckner said. “At the job fair they may tell you to go online. You go in there and make an impression on that human resources person. Have the right attitude. Say, ‘I am not leaving this job fair without a job.’ ”
In order to prepare for the fair, Catholic Social Services has set the third week in February as the time to come to them to practice interviewing skills and to get a resume ready for the job fair, said Eleanor Clayborn with CSS. The center is located directly south of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Van Dorn Avenue. Call 662-252-1336 to confirm an appointment.
Anyone who is willing to serve as a volunteer at the job fair is encouraged to call Rebecca Bourgeois at the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce (662-252-2943).
Partners in the Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair include the Governor's Job Fair Network and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
The event is co-sponsored by these businesses or organizations - Three Rivers Planning and Development District, Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce, Marshall County Board of Supervisors, Benton County Board of Supervisors, City of Holly Springs, Town of Byhalia, Catholic Social Services, Bank of Holly Springs, Citizens Bank, First State Bank, Merchants and Farmers Bank, Rust College, Northeast Planning and Development District, Northwest Community College, Northcentral Electric Power Association, South Reporter/Pigeon Roost News, Marshall County IDA and Alliance HealthCare.
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