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Hundreds Hope to be Hired at Career Fair

Locals looking for work participated in the 2014 NELA Career Fair
Over 50 different employers set up booths at the career fair. (Wesley Williams)
Over 50 different employers set up booths at the career fair. (Wesley Williams)
Stephanie Rivers with University Health Conway at this year's career fair. (John Walton)
Stephanie Rivers with University Health Conway at this year's career fair. (John Walton)
Monroe -- Over 600 people, looking for work, had a chance to visit potential employers face-to-face on Wednesday morning.

"Being able to come here and talk to people who are able to make things move, it really felt good," said Shalon Jones as she wrapped up her visit.

At the 2014 Northeast Louisiana Career Fair, over 50 employers set up booths.

"It's the biggest turnout we've had for employers, which shows us and the region that we are hiring," pointed out Stephanie Rivers, with University Health Conway.

James Marchant planned ahead of time to target his resume to each different employer.

"I have a number of valuable skills. I just need to communicate that to the employer and get a job," said Marchant.

"For a job seeker, this is a great opportunity to come and be able to meet with a lot of employers at one time," commented Sue Nicholson, the President of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. "We think it's been successful for both employers and job seekers."

"I got to network a little bit," said Melissa Washington, a job seeker. "I got to meet a lot of new people to tell me what I need to do or what qualifications and skills I need to have."

Shalon Jones says she feels blessed to attend the career fair thanks to one big advantage she'll have over anyone who didn't.

"Sometimes when you are looking for jobs and you go to a job site, the people that you need to talk to are not there," Jones mentioned. "And it's better to approach the situation sometimes looking someone in the eye to see your passion."

Career fair organizers say this year was a success. And the job seekers agree.

"The information that they gave was vital to the things that I'm trying to pursue," said Jones. "And i just feel really confident leaving here."
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