Local businesses gathered at the local job fair to find employees

Work Force Solutions of East Texas brought together several East Texas companies to attract new employees.

TYLER, Texas – If you’re driving around Tyler, it’s hard to miss those “help wanted” signs.

Dozens of East Texas businesses gathered today for a job fair in hopes of attracting new employees.

“We’re looking for hard workers and commitment,” said Artimese Lawrence, human resources coordinator for Tyler ISD. “We are looking for dedication.”

Open opportunities are available to those seeking employment.

“A lot of people go to the website, but so many people don’t read the newspapers, they don’t do anything like that,” said Shannon Peoples, a job fair attendee.

Make this experience an opportunity to meet employers face to face.

“I’m looking to get back into education,” Peoples said. “I’m about to get my bachelor’s degree in ministry, but I feel like ministry needs to be widespread in our city within our communities.”

Numerous “help wanted” signs in Tyler show that workers are needed. Which means candidates have the upper hand when it comes to negotiating better salaries and benefits.

“I’m really looking for something sustainable in this economy,” said job fair attendee Allison Sharp. “I’m looking for something where you don’t need two or three or four jobs to keep you afloat.”

“All I can do is add to what I already have,” People’s said. “It may not be much, but I can stay just above the poverty line and be able to support my family. Who wants to live in such a situation?”

At today’s job fair, there was a range of employers. From veterans groups to education.

“We’re actually looking for an assistant director,” said CAMP V Community Engagement Manager Mark Shaw. various who run around here that we actually exist, and what we do, and why we are here for them.”

“We have several positions available,” Lawrence said. “We are looking for people who will enjoy working with our children in the school district and who have this passion for children.”

Many opportunities are available at Tyler, and Work Force Solutions of East Texas will hold its next career fair at Jarvis Christian University on May 24.

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