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Jobseekers flock to SWGTC for Career Expo


For Navy Veteran Arturo Zavala, the job search has not been easy.

"It's been tough, it's been tough. There is just nothing really available right now."

Zavala and several hundred others prepared a crisp resume for Thursday morning's Career Expo at Southwest Georgia Technical College.

"I like to talk to people face to face. I want them to see me. Let them know what they're buying into. On paper I don't think you can do that," said Zavala.

"It's better in person that online because they get to see your face, your appearance and how you dress," said Jobseeker Shameka Williams.

From local police to cosmetic businesses, employers from all sectors were in attendance.

"I recruit people who have four-year degrees, but are not certified to teach. And then I help them through the process to let them know how to make themselves marketable the school system without certification, but they have to become highly qualified," said Recruiter Elaine Barnett.

Labor officials say with a record number of employers and resources at this year's fair, they are optimistic about the future of the market.

"It shows that it's improving. You have more companies coming. That means there's more jobs available now. So we're actually seeing an up tick or trend. The more companies here, the more jobs that are available," said Career Expo Coordinator Mel Wages.

Jobseeker Jonathan Skinner says the market is too flooded with seekers like himself. "I would say there is a lot of people looking for jobs because there is a lot of issues with companies not looking to hire because of certain things or they will only hire specific qualifications."

But Zavala says he is staying optimistic. "Just keep trying. The jobs are out there you just have to be prepared and ready to do the work."

Labor Department officials say while these job fairs are excellent job hunting opportunities, jobseekers can also take advantage of all of the free daily services their career centers around the state provide.

The national economy added 157,000 jobs in January, but the unemployment rate ticked up from 7.8 percent to 7.9.


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