Thursday, November 17, 2011
Job fair set for March 8
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall Benton Area Job Fair, set for March 8, 2012, is seeking employers who expect to have job openings in the first or second quarter of the year.
The Job Fair committee locally has been working to get ready for the fair and is pushing for employers to register with the Mississippi Job Fair Network as early as possible. The job fair has been successful in Marshall County, and for the last few years has been located on the Rust College Campus in the W.A. McMillan building (gym).
“FedEx Ground has already signed up as an empoyer for this fair, so you can see how one job fair can affect another,” said Adam Todd, director of the governor’s Job Fair Network.
FedEx Ground was present at a recent successful job fair held in DeSoto County in Southaven, he said.
Interest in the job fair network is increasing and this year there were 38 registered employers at the Greenwood job fair and 63 in Columbus, Todd said.
The Mississippi Job Fair Network relies on employer participation and mostly local volunteers to put on a successful fair.
“It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun,” Todd said. “It is extremely rewarding as well.”
Employers can look forward to a great booth setup and snacks and lunch provided on site by Rust College.
“A good hospitality room is important to employers who have traveled a long way,” Todd said.
Last year’s job fair drew 600 prospective employees. Six hundred and thirty resumes were turned in at last year’s fair to employers showing that job seekers are coming to the fair prepared for an on-site interview.
Todd said he hopes to get 50 employers to sign up for this job fair. Colleges and universities can work the enrollment side as well as find staff. Rust College has hired cafeteria workers, secretaries, and physical plant workers from the pool of job seekers, according to Patricia Pegues with the college.
Employers can get a registration form by registering online at www.jobfairs.ms.gov More information about booth setups and service can be obtained by calling Todd at 601-321-6154.
Employers can register online, get directions, and see who else is attending the job fair.
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