Job Fair to Show What Jobs are Still Available

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

With more layoffs happening nearly every week, it may be difficult to believe there's still some work available; however, Wednesday may be a good time for job seekers to take a look at what jobs are out there.

Getting and keeping a job in this economy isn't the easiest task to take on. It's causing many people who once had steady jobs to tighten their budgets while searching for another job.

"A lot of our dislocated workers are needing some additional training for new positions, because they've been at the same job forever," Candy Nelson with the Washington County Department of Job and Family Services said.

So to help those workers and anyone else on the job hunt, the department is having a career fair, hoping to bring good news to the anyone looking for work.

Washington County's unemployment rate is currently at 9.9 percent. Officials say that's extremely high for the area, but fortunately there are some businesses still looking for some good workers."

"Spring and Summer is the busiest time for us. It's the equivalent of other retailers' Christmas time, so we always hire at this time of year," Julian Stryker, a spokesperson for Lowe's, said.

Lowe's is just one of the dozens of companies planning to attend the fair.

"Our strategy is to meet and greet as many people as we can," Stryker said.

They say they definitely fall into the "help wanted" category, showing that some places still need employees just as much as the unemployed need jobs.

The job fair is Wednesday at Washington State Community College from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Job seekers should come prepared with resumes and references, and dress as they would for a job interview.

For a list of employers scheduled to appear, please click on the special link below.

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  • by Charles Location: Marietta on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    Buy American! We buy cheaper items from x-marts because our dollar goes farther. So more and more of the local businesses get shut down as we source our items from overseas or from across foreign borders. Even the people working at local steel and aluminum based industries failed to see that their end product isn't consumed overseas or from across foreign borders. They buy clothes, food, cars, even pop & beer, made overseas or with products from across foreign borders, everything imported- and then wonder where the jobs went. Then, poor & unemployed, we will cash our welfare checks and head back to the only place we can afford to shop, guaranteeing we can never recover. We all can't work in the service industry, but that will soon be the only jobs left. Even then all of the farms and chains we will work will be owned by foreigners. Sam Walton is rolling over in his grave, used to be 100% american, now practically zero.
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