MURRAY – While the 48 companies that attended Wednesday’s Murray State University campus career fair could represent a wide range of industries, the overall message was consistent across the board: if you want to work, they want. hire you.
The show was hosted at the CFSB Center by the West Kentucky Workforce Board, and participating employers were looking for workers of all types, full-time or part-time. Some of them also proudly announced that they were Second Chance Employers, meaning that they are willing to hire people with criminal records, so there were apparently opportunities for just about everyone. world.
“We have hosted regional career fairs throughout the summer in our communities of Madisonville, Hopkinsville, Paducah and here in Murray,” said Mary Anne Medlock, the purchasing region’s business services liaison for WKWB. “It’s the last we’ll have for the year, probably. We have a lot of employers who are eager to hire people for full time and part time positions, so we wanted to come here so we can help employers in this area. We were able to get in touch with many employers in the region. About half of the employers who participate in it are actually from outside Murray because they are here to recruit that talent from Murray. They understand the importance of our workforce to the region, so they are there to specifically recruit people from Murray.
One of Murray’s businesses was Rudolph Tire, whose chairman Mallory Howard said she was trying to fill multiple types of positions.
“We’re looking for a few positions,” Howard said. “One is in the warehouse, then the other is entering data from the warehouse, so that’s where you can enter the tires; you can glean tire information and enter it into a computer. And then we’re looking for a customer service rep, to have that person answer the phones and that sort of thing. We are also looking for sellers, so these are four different levels.
Chris Gillum, the head of regulatory compliance at Kenlake Foods, said he and other company representatives on site were happy with the quality of the workers they met on Wednesday.
“We had a good day,” he said. “Overall, we had some good candidates. We probably didn’t have the number of people we would have liked to see, but the quality of people was really good. Really what we are looking for are people who have the same core values that we have in the factory – safety, quality, honesty, respect for others, integrity. This is really what we look for in our employees because it is what we practice at the factory.
One of the local school districts was also trying to find people for various positions.
“We have various fields in which we have employment opportunities; from full time during school hours to the transportation zone, where you kind of have a divided day, ”said Cathy Morris, director of personnel and human resources for Calloway County Schools. “So if you only want to work four to five hours, we certainly have transportation and catering needs. We also need back-ups in all of these positions, so if you don’t want to commit for the entire school year, back-up positions are nice to get a little work done when you want. And that will certainly help us. These job fairs are cool because you can talk face to face and really find out which positions are right for the individual. Sometimes it is difficult to do this while reading a job description on a website.
A’neial Bell, chief information officer at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, was there to recruit for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
“We hope to get candidates for correctional officers,” Bell said. “We are looking for candidates to fill security, maintenance and secretarial positions. However, we are primarily looking for candidates for correctional officers. It is good state work with social benefits and opportunities for promotion. We have found that we receive good candidates at career fairs. These are people who want to work and who are looking for a career.
This career mindset seemed to be prevalent among people going from table to table.
“I came here on the recommendation of a friend of mine,” Murray’s Khelben Morris said. “I had decided this was a great opportunity to look for a better paying job, so I came here to seek and explore opportunities for different career paths.”
Lindy Johnson and Brittany Enochs, human resources coordinators at Progress Rail Services in Mayfield, said they were looking for painters, sandblasters and a quality assurance (QA) calibration technician.
“We were hoping to find candidates ready to start work since we are a second chance employer,” Johnson said. “We don’t see as many candidates in the world today as we did three or four years ago, so we hope to find them. Some people don’t know we’ve been there (to Mayfield), but we’ve been there for 15 years.
“We have come here today to seek great candidates for the vacancies that we have,” said Lori Hall, Human Resources Manager for Jim Smith Contracting at Grand Rivers. “It looks like the job market is tight right now. It’s hard to find good people, and we’re just looking for people who are ready to learn and who want to work hard and be reliable.
Pam Gray and Jeff Lindsey of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, also known as kynect, were not only looking for candidates, but also to promote the services of KHBE.
“I believe this is the kind of event we need in the area to bring job seekers with the people who want to get jobs,” Lindsey said. “And it gives them a better understanding of the programs they can use in the community.”