ELKINS - Hundreds of local residents turned out for the Randolph County Development Authority's Job Fair Friday at the McDonnell Center on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.
The event gave employers and those seeking jobs - many with resumes in hand - an opportunity to meet under one roof.
"We are pleased with not only the attendance of those looking for jobs, but with employers who responded early," said Robbie Morris, RCDA executive director. "Within the first 30 minutes, more than 100 folks had signed in."
Hundreds of people searching for employment took advantage of the second Randolph County Job Fair Friday at the McDonnell Center at Davis & Elkins College. Randolph Technical Center Counselor Christina Thomas and Adult Basic Education Instructor Sue Ellen Thomas share information with job fair attendee Brian Cole. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart)
Morris said the Job Fair, co-sponsored by D&E College, The Inter-Mountain and the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, is beneficial to local businesses.
"We will continue to sponsor the fairs because businesses told us whether they hired someone that day, in a few weeks or six months down the road, getting the names of those interested in working for their company was a help to business," Morris said. "From my standpoint, it is beneficial to get those seeking employment together with those hiring under one roof."
Morris said it would take someone days to talk to 62 employers outside of a fair.
"This puts those employers under one roof and helps save time for those seeking a job, be it a career, or summertime employment," Morris said. "This is a win-win situation for businesses and those looking for work."
Tim Turner of the Kenneth Honey Rubenstein Juvenile Center in Davis said he brought students from the center to let them see what jobs are available.
"This is great because everything is in the same place," Turner said. "It is hard to know who is hiring, but this gives folks the opportunity to apply for multiple jobs."
Brian Cole said he attended Friday's Job Fair to apply for jobs and find out what was available.
"I have been out of work following a car accident nearly three years ago," Cole said. "I was a bricklayer. It is becoming a dying trade."
Larry Matt Hatton, institutional training officer at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, said the correctional facility is looking for help.
"We just were approved for 15 new positions at the regional jail," Hatton said. "We are looking for correction officers with one year of work experience and those with one year correction experience."
Lisa Reed, director of Career Services & Student Employment at D&E, said more than 300 people seeking employment attended Friday's Job Fair.
"This was important to me because students at the college who graduate in May can get some idea of possible employment, and those still in school can search for temporary summer employment," Reed said. "We are also happy that WorkForce West Virginia sent out an email blast to those in its database telling them about the Job Fair."
Reed said this year the Job Fair was advertised to businesses in Randolph and surrounding counties. Participating businesses included wood flooring companies, health care systems, the FBI, banks, manufacturing plants, retail stores, resorts, insurance companies, investment firms and military recruiters.