WVU-P job fair attracts hundreds of employers, job seekers

Published: Sep. 26, 2019 at 5:24 PM EDT
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It's not just difficult for people to find good jobs. It's difficult for companies to find good workers to fill those jobs.

"It's a whole different ballgame out there," says Mary-Anne Ketelsen, Owner, Mr. Bee Potato Chips. "It's very hard to find people who want to work and give their best, for the eight hours they are there."

The annual job fair at West Virginia University at Parkersburg has increasingly drawn more and more of both groups, since U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's office became a sponsor.

It's even drawn high school students, whose first job is still a few years away.

"It will just help you in your future," says Brooke Ash, a junior at St. Marys High School, "instead of getting there and not knowing at all."

Employers from West Virginia, Ohio and some surrounding states came out Friday, looking for the right candidates for employment. And its the two groups making contact that make corporate magic.

"It's good to see and make that connection with job seekers and employers," says Jennifer Randolph, Director of Career Services, WVU-P, "and see everyone come forward and network and talk. It's a really good event for the community."

Randolph says the event was held prior to Sen. Manchin's involvement, but was a college-only fair that drew fewer employers.


West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Senator Joe Manchin are hosting a career fair Friday on WVUP’s campus.

This is the third year that the senator’s name has been attached to the event, and WVUP President Chris Gilmer says that Manchin’s involvement has helped the job fair grow. Gilmer expects over one hundred area employers and hundreds of applicants to show up.

Gilmer says the event will be open to anyone who wants to come.

“It’s great to bring a resume if you have it but a lot of people will have applications that you can fill out on the spot, but my biggest piece of advice would be just to bring your most authentic and best self, because that’s what’s going to sell you to potential employers,” said Gilmer.

The event will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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