The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 18, 2013

Job fair receives positive feedback

BECKLEY — More than 500 people explored options for potential employment in the area Wednesday during The Register-Herald’s Spring Job Fair at Tamarack.

Eurest, a division of Compass Group, is the food and vending provider for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, and its regional director, Jack Callahan, conducted interviews and conditionally hired people Wednesday.

Callahan explained that Eurest will employ approximately 200 people to serve the 40,000 guests at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve during July. By mid-morning Wednesday, Callahan said he had already conducted 15 interviews and planned to complete several more, saying he was “very pleased” with the job fair.

“I wish I had three more days of this,” Callahan said.

For more information about employment with Eurest, call 202-281-0565.

Also providing food service, but year-round to the general public, is Panera Bread, which is slated to open in August on North Eisenhower Drive in Beckley.

Suzanne Beltri, Panera hiring manager, said the restaurant plans to begin hiring associates during the next few weeks and the job fair was giving her the opportunity to meet people in the area. Beltri directed interested individuals to complete an employment application online. Visit www.panerabread.com for more information.

Among those who attended the job fair was Darrin Parson of Brock. Parson said he is in search of a new career and received “good information” Wednesday and added he is particularly interested in the coal mining jobs and North American Salt Co.

Joan Schramm, of Mount Nebo, said she decided to visit the job fair because she is looking for a employment. She explained she is interested in working at a hospital and has experience in customer service, but found appeal in IBEX Global.

Diana Slone, classified advertising manager for The Register-Herald, worked to organize the job fair. She described the  job fair as “excellent” and received positive feedback from both employers and job seekers.

— E-mail: chiggins@register-herald.com

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