Job Fairs Giving Some Hope To Jobless

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Despite a higher than normal unemployment rate, job fairs like Job Fair - Wichita! held Tuesday in downtown Wichita, are demonstrating that there are still companies out there hiring.

"There are plenty of jobs," Brad Bingham, General Sales Manager of, and the job fair organizer.

"Plenty of jobs" says the job fair organizer, but not always jobs in the fields of those who might be on lay off. Still, about 20 companies with "Now Hiring" signs out are taking applications.

"We have companies today hiring for positions in banking, customer service...sales," Bingham added. "So, a multitude all-industry career fair is what we have today."

More than 350 job seekers had turned up half way through the fair held at the Hyatt Regency at 500 W. Waterman. More than 500 were expected. Job Seeker Rachel Crist said, "Looking for a job....Good dependable worker... Just not finding that right job yet."

One Wichita-based company getting a lot of attention at Tuesday's job fair, is Mill-Tel. The company installs cable television and internet services. "We're growing so fast that we are in a hiring crunch," Kip McVey, Mill-Tel Director of Marketing & Business Development, said. " This job fair came about, and we thought it was a great opportunity. So, we're exploring all of our options to get in front of potential employees."

McVey said people economize other things before cutting television and internet. He said of the Mll-Tel openings, "It's a fantastic career...Never gets boring, never the same."

Charmaine Davis and Tiffany Gordon are both looking for jobs. "Grab my attention like a newspaper headline," Mary Rohleder, a Human Resources Business Specialist at the Kansas Workforce Center, said as she critiqued their resumes.

"At first glance this looks very nice. The only thing I would recommend you do, is let's pull out your experience a lot more," Rohleder added..

A hiring expert at the job fair said that three years ago there might have been 10 applicants for each available job. Today, there might be 100 applicants for them. That's why, the expert said, you have to stand out in your application.

If you missed today's job fair, the next one organized by will be held June 21. For details and further information about the upcoming fair, check out the website at, or just click on the words "Related Links" beneath this story.

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