Supply meets demand: Applicants get face time with business reps at job fair
PRESCOTT, Arizona - Crowds of job-seekers, students and workforce professionals poured into the Yavapai College gymnasium Friday for Job Fair 2014, an annual event for those seeking new careers.
Coordinated by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Economic Security Employment and Veterans Services, Yavapai College and the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) Economic Workforce Development Office, Friday's event hosted approximately 70 booths, manned by representatives from businesses and schools. Businesses on hand for the event included Pepsi, Mingus Mountain Academy, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Home Depot, Drake Cement, the Arizona Pioneers Home and many more.
Workshops were also held on how to interview with confidence and how to write the best possible résumé.
"We're providing an opportunity for people to one-stop shop and talk to a number of employers in the area that are looking for employees," Prescott Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Maurer said. "We have more employers this year than we've seen in recent years, which is a good indication - that people are hiring again and that jobs are out there."
NACOG program specialist Deborah Slater said more and more jobs are becoming available in the county. "I think the reason why we're having more people participate this year is because the economy is getting better here in our area," she said. "There's a lot of good contacts at the job fair."
Employers were calling to reserve tables for the event as late as Thursday night, Slater said.
"It's great. Last year it wasn't like this," Slater said.
While many of the booths offered continued education opportunities, such as Northern Arizona University and Yavapai College, Slater said at least 60 were booths for employers seeking new hires.
Slater told those who visited her table to attend the Monday 10 a.m. presentations on NACOG and the services they offer, which can include job information, résumés, and computers. For more information, visit www.yavapaiworkforce.org.
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