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April 17, 2014

Spring Job Fair: 400 job seekers meet 22 employers

BECKLEY — More than 400 people came looking for a new job Wednesday at The Register-Herald’s Spring Job Fair at the Tamarack Conference Center.

This year there were 22 area employers in attendance which gave potential hires more options in many different fields.

All of the companies that were represented said they had gotten many applications for some good potential employees as a result of this event.

James Sheehan with HSC said they were there looking for “heating and cooling service technicians certified in EPA with three to five years of experience.”

Jeanie McClung, with Ibex Global, said they were looking for customer service and sales agents.

“We’re in the Beckley area. We are an inbound customer service and sales center. We assist customers with anything from a billing issue to a technical problem or question about service. We work for a very large telecommunications firm and their affiliates,” McClung said.

“We have participated in this event for the last four or five years. It has always been a great event to come to. We get a lot of interested applicants and usually some very long term employees from this event.”

Suddenlink Communications was at the job fair looking for applicants for the sales department.

“We are looking for direct sales reps, which is residential, door-to-door, selling our phone, Internet and cable products,” said Misty Jenkins, a recruiter with Suddenlink.

“We hadn’t been to one (a job fair) in the area so we thought we would come, check it out and see what kind of applicants we would get,” said Erica Barker, also with Suddenlink.

Cheryl Hartley, general manager of Tamarack, said that the jobs they were offering were all entry-level jobs and they prefer to promote from within after they get to know an employee. “It’s a way to get your foot in the door at Tamarack if you want to make a career of it here,” said Hartley.

Of course there were many career-minded folks out looking for a job that fit their skill-sets. Among the nicely-dressed, intent applicants was Jessica Gilbert, a recent graduate of Marshall University.

“I’m here to try to get a job with my degree. I have a bachelor’s in business management and marketing from Marshall,” said Gilbert.

“I’ve talked to a couple of people, but I am mainly filling out applications. I think the job fair is the best place to come because there are a lot of people in the same room so you can have your options.”

Beckley Newspapers Classified Advertising Manager Diana Slone said that the event was well-attended and everyone who came was pleased with the event and the opportunities that it offered.

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