The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 28, 2013

Job fair on tap in Joplin Tuesday

By Wally Kennedy

JOPLIN, Mo. — JobFest 2013, the area’s largest job fair, will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 3615 S. Range Line Road.

Last year, the fair attracted more than 1,200 people. Admission is free.

“Last year was our first year and we had more than 1,200 people who signed in,’’ said Leslie Abram, event coordinator with the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri. “We’re expecting at least that many this year.’’

This year’s fair will feature 52 employers and exhibitors.

The fair, she said, attracts people who are looking for a job or who are planning to change jobs.

“We are seeing improvement in local business where they need to hire more people,’’ she said. “We’ll have an outstanding base of manufacturers represented, along with employers in hospitality and customer service.’’

Among the manufacturers are Able Manufacturing, Modine, Rock Tenn and La-Z-Boy.

To make the most of the time at JobFest, job seekers are encouraged to come dressed to impress and be prepared to explain their skills to a potential employer. The employers exhibiting at JobFest are the actual decision-makers who can help people get their foot in the door.

Those attending also should bring copies of their resume as well as their scores for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), if they have been tested for that certification.