Hundreds attend job fair in Jackson County
Hundreds of job seekers had some help with their job search thanks to a special fair in Jackson County.
More than 50 organizations participated in a job fair at the Jackson County Armory. Some organizations included Memorial Health System, Highmark Health, and Northwestern Mutual.
The job fair was organized by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and Jackson General Hospital.
Jennifer Randolph, the director of career services at WVUP, said she received her first professional job after attending a job fair.
“There are so many people that are job seeking and they're in need so they're desperate and employers are desperate too and so it's just nice to have something like this that happens where we could have them all come in the same place,” Randolph said.
“I see people come in here and see myself in them and where I’ve been and I just want to be able to help them connect and learn about the occupations that are available and hopefully land that job.”
Ron Gaskins, the program manager at Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, said the majority of employers that attended the fair are looking to fill positions.
“Employment is always an issue, we wanted to reach out within the community and try and offer something both to employers and to the regular citizens of the county that are looking for something beyond what they might have right now,” Gaskins said.
“WVUP is really focusing on our relationships with business and getting out into the community and doing more with that so we’re really putting a lot of emphasis on career services and those connections and help bring that to the students so that when they do graduate they have a place to go they have employment they know where they’re going to end up,” Randolph said.
Jackson General Hospital held a health fair at the armory Thursday morning.