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MARION — The 4th annual Partnership for Youth Job Expo, a job fair aimed at high school seniors, shared its opportunities with members of the public this year.

The outreach was a success, with more than 400 people attending the expo at Rent One Park’s Conference Center Thursday.

About 225 high school students from 14 schools in six counties attended the morning session and more than 200 people came in the afternoon.

“We had such great businesses coming this year that we decided to open it up to the public in an afternoon session,” the partnership’s Tara Montgomery said. “It went really well. We had a great turnout.”

Thirty-four businesses, industries and recruiters set up booths to accept applications and discuss opportunities with attendees.

“This is a great outreach for us,” Deputy District Ranger Kameron C. Sam said.

Sam was manning a booth to introduce people to opportunities with the Shawnee Forest Service and other federal agencies.

“Job fairs like this are great for getting information out to the public,” he said.

The Shawnee has one permanent position and several seasonal positions, generally lasting six months. Sam explained how to apply for the jobs on the federal government jobs website and took names and contact information to send out alerts for job openings.

Courtney Teel was recruiting for 10 to 15 positions set for hiring in April at Hyatt Reservation Center in Marion.

“I’ve had a lot of interest and found several possibilities,” she said.

Recruits are “suggested to have a high school diploma or GED but we will hire mature candidates who are 16 years or older,” she said.

Job fairs are useful in getting word out about opportunities and give applicants a chance to stand out among the competition, she said.

“We typically receive 100 to 150 applications for each opening so job fairs are definitely helpful. People can make a good first impression and I’ll remember them,” she said.

Tammie Roper of Johnston City took advantage of the job fair’s afternoon session for members of the public.

A registered nurse, Roper has been out of work for about a year. She has been applying for nursing and non-nursing jobs.

“It’s rough. There aren’t that many nursing jobs and some of the non-nursing places are afraid to hire me because they think I’ll quit if a nursing job opens up,” she said.

The job fair was organized four years ago by the partnership, a group comprised of representatives from local school districts, social service agencies, probation and court services, Man-Tra-Con, Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office, and local faith-based organizations.



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