An estimated 500 area residents turn out for Spring Job and Career Fair

March 30, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • The Herald-Mail Company, Washington County One-Stop Job Center, and Hagerstown Community College (HCC) presented the annual Spring Job and Career Fair in the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center (ARCC) of HCC Friday.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

Brooks Cave of Hagerstown was working as a representative at Goodwill while also looking for another job Friday.

“The economy right now is slow, and I’m looking for a better job,” he said. “People need work.”

Cave, 26, was among the more than an estimated 500 area residents who turned out for the annual Spring Job and Career Fair held at the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center of Hagerstown Community College.

He said he has experience in warehouse work.

“I know how to run different machinery,” he said. “As a representative, I can also get more experience with people and explain what we do in warehouse work.”

Sharpsburg resident Brian Anders, 37, said he also does warehouse work at Goodwill, but is trying to expand his options by going to the job fair.

“I’m hoping to get a new job,” he said. “I’m giving out resumes and hoping to build contacts so I can have different options.”

The fair, which ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and was open to the public, was presented by The Herald-Mail Co., HCC, and Washington County One-Stop Job Center.

Hagerstown resident Juan Medina, 18, is a student at HCC and was at the fair. He said it was his first job fair.

“I specialize in customer service, but I’m not sure what to go in specifically,” he said. “These people have helped me a lot.”

Felicia Hicks of Martinsburg, who said she recently became unemployed after working at Chase, was looking at jobs in the area.

“So far there have been some good opportunities,” he said. “I’m a business analyst and have been in banking for 18 years.”

Hicks, 36, said that she is using the fair for multiple opportunities.

“I’m networking,” she said. “It’s great just getting your face out there.”

Hagerstown resident Cheryl Curry, 50, said she was using the job fair for networking and potential jobs also.

“I would like to get a lot of contacts,” she said. “I’m able to stay current and update my resume.”

Curry said she worked in customer service at Wells Fargo until February.

Bonnie Saunders, coordinator of internship and job services at HCC, said the number of vendors at the job fair increased from 29 last year to about 43 this year.

“They are from mostly the Tri-State region, but a lot of different types of industries are represented,” she said. “It’s really a good mixture of people that come out to the job fair.”

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