Posted: Friday, May 5, 2017 6:00 amBy LIZ JUAREZ firstname.lastname@example.org
A long line of eager to work individuals stood outside the Porterville College gymnasium early Thursday morning waiting to talk to employers for a chance to interview, network and hopefully land a job. Nearly 60 local businesses from a variety of industries, organizations and companies throughout the Valley were in attendance with booths set up all around PC’s gym with recruiters looking to hire. Veterans and their families were let in first, and then at approximately 9:30 a.m. the rest of the job seekers were let in 10 at a time, and given red bags to hold pamphlets or other information as they made their way around the booths. Jaime Sarr was waiting in line hoping to jump back into the workforce. “Just want to start working again, maybe get a job in administration after raising seven kids, my youngest daughter is 17 years old now,” said Sarr. Roman Valles was also waiting in line hoping to connect with a recruiter and said he moved to Porterville a few years ago from Visalia so that his wife could attend PC, and was looking for an overnight job. “I’ve been at other job fairs, unfortunately not gotten a direct job through a job fair, but I have followed up and gotten a job after that,” said Valles. At the front of the gym entrance were tables so that anybody could stop by and get advice on resume writing, and have the chance to sit down with somebody from PC’s Career Center to practice mock interviews. There were also business suits and professional clothing displayed to give examples of what to wear for an interview. Diane Thompson, PC Director of Student Services, said they have built a strong relationship with the unemployment office that makes this annual job fair such a success. “We purposely have it a week before graduation to get our students prepared by hosting practice interviews, and resume writing workshops,” said Thompson. Rudy Roman, who works for the Employment Development Department (EDD), also works closely with PC every year and makes sure to follow up with any future, potential employers. “We work with Porterville College, and they are really good to work with as partners, we have a very good partnership with them,” said Roman. By the end of the afternoon, hundreds of students and non-students began to disperse from the fair, walking away with the hope of getting a call back from a future employer.