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Job Fair Draws 600-Plus Visitors

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

Job FairCARTERVILLE – William Copes of Carterville said he made the right decision by attending the 18th Annual John A. Logan College Job Fair Wednesday.

“I think it’s fantastic to have this many employers at our disposal,” he said. “A job fair like this is a wonderful opportunity for someone who may be looking for a change in careers or in need of work.”

Copes said he ran his own healthcare business for 20 years.

“Coming here and meeting with employers one-on-one certainly gives you a lot of options,” he said.
Another Carterville resident, Mike Mulford, concurred.

“I love having the opportunity to talk to so many people about both full- and part-time jobs when looking for employment,” he said. “I think job fairs like this one are beneficial not only to those seeking jobs, but the employers, too. It’s a little easier to make a hiring decision when you meet that person. I wish there even more job fairs like this one here in the region that I could attend.”
Mulford said he owns four degrees from SIUC, and ideally, is seeking a position in multi media.

“Who knows? Maybe sales,” he said.

Job FairBonnie Kucharski, technical support manager with Liaison Technologies in Carbondale, said she was excited about the turnout Wednesday.

“We usually end up with a lot of good resumes when attending these job fairs,” she said. “What I like is that it’s not just a fair for college students, but for the entire Southern Illinois community. We get candidates with a diverse background and skill set.”
Kucharski said she conducts mini-interviews at job fairs.

“And then when I get back to the office, I go through the resumes and conduct phone interviews with those candidates that catch my eye. There is then one final interview face-to-face here in the office before we make the hire. We have both part- and full-time jobs available.”

Lisa Hudgens, Director of Career Services at the college and event organizer, said there were 79 employers participating in the fair in all and 652 visitors.

“It was again a great success,” she said. “Those numbers are pretty much in line with the last couple of years. Many employers told me personally that they received some good resumes here today and would be calling candidates for interviews. I was also impressed with our job seekers. Moreso than in the past, the vast majority were dressed professionally and had resumes in hand.”