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HCC hosts annual job fair

October 07, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - More than 900 people wearing everything from business suits to sweat shirts visited the 67 recruitment booths at the third annual Fall Job Fair Friday at Hagerstown Community College.

"I'm glad they have it," said Kimberly Ellis, 26, who has been looking for a job for about a month. "It gets residents more informed about companies in the area and what positions are available."

Ellis said she has business clerical experience, but is open to working in other fields. The job fair gave her a chance to really talk to recruiters, which didn't happen when she went from business to business applying for jobs, she said.

Gail King works for the City of Frederick, which had a booth at the job fair. King, who lives in Hagerstown, said that most of the people she talked to were looking for office jobs, but the city doesn't have any such openings.

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"I'm disappointed we didn't have more to offer them," King said.

Health services, restaurants, radio stations, banks and the Army were just a few of the fields represented at the job fair.

Norm Slemenda went to the job fair trying to recruit salespeople for Prettyman Broadcasting.

"It's a good source of applicants," Slemenda said. "We're very selective."

For those applicants who were concerned about applying for jobs, Washington County Job Center employees helped tweak rsums.

Suzette Snyder said she helps people improve their rsums, and she looked at about eight rsums on Friday. The most common mistake is wordiness.

"People try to say too many things," Snyder said.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services sent Kelly Ann Voyce to recruit correctional officers. Voyce said she spoke to at least 50 people.

Voyce, who attends about 75 job fairs around the state every year, said that Friday's was "busy for this area."

About half of the people Voyce spoke to probably are qualified to take a job with the department, she said.

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