HALFWAY - Business was brisk at Valley Mall on Thursday, but many shoppers were after more than the usual fare.
They were shopping for jobs. And more than 40 local businesses were shopping for workers.
The occasion was the Spring Job Fair, sponsored by Hagerstown Community College, Maryland Job Service and The Herald-Mail. In addition to booths staffed by company representatives, the fair offered workshops on completing job applications, interview skills and preparing rsums.
Reginia Hawkins was one of those looking for a job.
"About half of Hagerstown has my application," said the 38-year-old single mother. "I've been looking for work since January. I'm getting frustrated," she said, clutching the seventh application she'd picked up at the mall.
If job seekers like Hawkins meant business, so did the companies represented.
"I definitely think we will get some employees from this," said Gus Hahn, operations manager for TruGreen ChemLawn in Hagerstown.