Some employers at job fair without jobs

March 20, 2009 9:43:20 AM PDT
Fayetteville Technical Community College held a job fair on its campus Friday.Christian Shifflett was one of the students who attended, hoping to change her life.

She just got out of the Army and is a single mom. Shifflett is taking welding course at Fayetteville Tech and hopes to find a job as a welder, but right now the economy is tough.

"This kind of road is kind a of rough out there actually," Shifflett said. She said she is living pay check to pay check so she hopes welding will give her an opportunity to advance her career.

The job fair is the second the college has held this year. It's a change for students and former students to connect with potential employers.

"I'm actually a Spanish interpreter, but he's getting me interest in becoming a detention officer so I think I'm going to check it out," job seeker Maritza Montorya told Eyewitness News.

However, not everyone was optimistic about the job fair. ""They really don't have that much to offer," job seeker Alfred Cook said. "There are so many people who need jobs. There's just not enough jobs available."

More than 60 employers attended Fridays event but not all of those employers have job openings, and that didn't matter to employers. They said the job fair was still important to them even if they are not able to hire.

"Well, in the radio industry right now there's not a whole lot available to be frank with you," said Danny Highsmith, Beasley Broadcasting Company. "We're hoping that that won't be a long term situation. But right now we're here so that we can get resumes and applications so that when the jobs do become available, we know who we can reach."

The job fair was held in the Horce Sick Gymnasium and wrapped up around noon.


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