Hundreds attend Governor’s job fair

Published 11:45 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015

JOB SEEKERS: More than 500 job seekers turned out for the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

JOB SEEKERS: More than 500 job seekers turned out for the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

The Vicksburg Convention Center was home to more than 50 businesses looking for employees Tuesday the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi.

Participating employers represented a variety of opportunities available for those seeking a job. Along with local employers including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg Police Department and local casinos.The field included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, trucking firms, car dealerships and colleges and universities.

As of 11 a.m., more than 500 people had already gonethrough the job fair, said Adam Todd, the director of the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi.

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“I see a lot of good things happening,” he said. “People are filling out applications. People are very engaged with the HR people and recruiters from these businesses. People are definitely going to go to work as a result of today’s event, which is what we do it for.”

Between 20 and 25 job fairs are held annually around the state, Todd said, adding Vicksburg has hosted the Governor’s Job Fair for more than 10 years.

“About three years ago, we were doing between 10 and 15 job fairs a year, so we are definitely growing as more communities and municipalities learn about this program. We are getting many requests to come and show off and put on these events,” he said.

Most institutions participating in the job fairs represent local employers, Todd said, but some like the USDA offer jobs all across the United States.

Those attending the job fairs are naturally looking for jobs that offer good pay and employment that matches one’s skill sets. In addition, those attending also got a feel of what types of skills are needed in certain positions.

“One of these events can really be a barometer of what is happening in the economy, and you can see where trends are heading,” Todd said.

“I would like to encourage people that if you do attend one of these events and you do not see something that is in your skill set, or if you are lacking a certain skill set, get hooked up with your local community college or a local college. That is why we try to have schools involved [at the job fairs],” Todd said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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