Employers, prospective employees benefit from job fair – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

Employers, prospective employees benefit from job fair – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

More than 100 employers with more than 3,200 open positions to fill welcomed job seekers Tuesday at a regional job fair at 210 on the Tracks.

The job fair was held in coordination with Alabama Career Center System and the state Department of Labor. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., anyone seeking a job could browse the booths and meet with potential employers.

Many industries were represented, including education, food service, medical, production, retail, staffing and transportation, as well as general employers.

Many job seekers were looking for employment after being laid off or jobless for some time.

One of them, Neal Fendley, was at the fair in search of a production and transportation job. Fendley grew up in Gadsden and currently lives in Ohatchee, where he has held transportation and delivery jobs in the past.

He recently was laid off and attended the job fair to seek out new prospects. He took the time to visit booths outside of the industry he’s seeking a job in, browsing to see what all was available. “This is a good opportunity for people looking for work,” Fendley said. “There are a lot of jobs here.”

Chasety Thompson drove to Gadsden from Talledega to look for a job. She left work five months ago after her daughter’s birth. For the past two months, however, she has been back on the job market, looking to get back to work.

Thompson brought her daughter along with her to the job fair, where she was searching for a clerical position or a job that would allow her to work with children.

Some job seekers are looking to upgrade their jobs and find new careers. Others are applying for jobs in advance, like Mikalea…

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