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Hundreds turn-up for governor's job fair

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 9/24/2013 9:53 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- Hundreds of job seekers dropped of their resumes and filled out applications at the annual Northeast Mississippi WIN Job Fair in Corinth Tuesday.

It's all part of the governor's Job Fair Network of Mississippi to bring employers to those looking for jobs.

Hollie Finney of Corinth was one of almost 700 people who came through the doors at  the Crossroads Arena.
 
"Oh yeah! I heard about it and I've been thinking about a new job for a while. So, I'm just like, let's go!" she laughed.

Finney gathered information and says she will apply for every job.

Myles Hardin of Tupelo has been out of work for a while and is simply looking to get paid.

"But, I came hoping I can get a job.  I'm hoping.  If anybody sees this, can I get a job please?" said Hardin.

"We're here for one reason and one reason only. We are trying to match individuals seeking employment with those businesses who are hiring," said Adam Todd, the director of the Governor's Job Fair Network 

According to Todd, there were some 110 provisional conditional jobs offered. 

He also added that according to employer data, some 320 people could be hired within the next year from this event alone.

But, he admits employers can pick and choose who they want right now.

"An employer right now can be very selective, and they are being very selective in who they choose to join their organizations," said Todd.

One Corinth woman said the trip to the job fair was worth it.

"It was more than what I thought it was going to be. Hopefully, some one will give me a call for a job," said Tyler Ratliff.

Officials say you have seven seconds to impress a potential employer, and it's important to dress well when attending a job fair.
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