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April 2, 2014

Job fair draws crowd

MT. VERNON —Hundreds of area residents attended the fourth annual Job Search Party Tuesday at the Holiday Inn.

Hopeful job seekers waited outside the doors to the banquet hall 30 minutes before the job fair began. Residents were able to bring resumes and learn about business during the event.

“This is a great opportunity and great way to have many different employers gathered in one place to see what’s available,” said Paula Myers, employment specialist for Rend Lake College, which co-hosted the event.

A total of 51 vendors from Southern Illinois and a few from the Kentucky area were on hand to offer information and possible employment to those in attendance.

A few of the businesses included Rend Lake Resort, Pepsi Mid-America, Manpower, Walgreens, Holiday Inn, USA Army Requirement, Crossroads Community Hospital and Lowe's Home Improvement.

Attendance was high and there were many different age groups present seeking employment.

Diane Morris, sales manager for the Holiday Inn, said this year's job fair was one of the biggest so far. Last year's attendance was around 200.

Several residents said coming to a job fair with various employment options was convenient and helpful.

Antwyon Moore, a student at Rend Lake College, said jobs are very important and the job fair has many different opportunities and various people you can talk to. Being a college student makes finding a job more of a challenge, he said.

Employers like Justina Eckles, a representative for Pepsi Mid-America, were pleased at the turnout and the variety of candidates that came out to Tuesday's fair. Pepsi was looking for a range of employees from the entry level to management.

"This fair has been the best I've been to in a while," Eckles said.

Several candidates at the event began filling out their applications in the hotel lobby to get a jumpstart on their job search.

For more information on future RLC job fairs, contact Myers at 437-5321, ext. 1380, or by email at myers@rlc.edu.

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