HANFORD — As in years past, hundreds of people headed to the Hanford Civic Auditorium Thursday morning in hopes of finding a new employer at the Kings County Job Fair.
“I ran out of resumes,” said Alyssa Rodriguez, who attended the Kings County Job Fair for the first time.
After about an hour and a half inside, Rodriguez walked down the Civic Auditorium steps feeling pretty satisfied with what she accomplished.
Despite the large number of people, Rodriguez said she stayed focused on her personal goals and did what she set out to do: get her name and face out there to potential employers.
Frances Perkins, general manager of Home2 Suites by Hilton, was at the job fair for the very first time looking for employees. The new hotel will open in Hanford in January, so Perkins was looking to fill many various positions.
Perkins said she was impressed with both the number of job seekers and the number of employers who took the time to attend the event.
“I ran out of applications the first 45 minutes I was here,” Perkins said, adding she took 150 applications to the job fair and had to send for more.
As far as the employee pool, Perkins said she talked to a lot of good candidates and was surprised many of the people she talked to already had hotel experience.
Robert Avina, an employment training technician with the Kings County Job Training Office, said the Kings County Job Fair is a popular event and expected to have over 1,000 attendees cycle in throughout the morning.
Avina said there were about 73 organizations stationed throughout the auditorium; 65 of the organizations were employers and temp agencies, while the rest were resource booths.
“We try to do the best that we can to get employers to attend,” Avina said, adding some of the employers even conducted on-the-spot interviews.
The types of career fields applicants had the opportunity to apply to included law enforcement, government, retail, school districts, tax services, hospitality, food services, medical, agriculture, construction, and insurance, among many others.
Not only were there employer booths and resource booths, but several tables were set up as “application stations” so people could apply for jobs on-the-spot, Avina said. He said a Proteus, Inc. bus with computers inside was also stationed outside the auditorium so attendees could apply online at the site or make copies of their resumes.
The application stations were so full of people, attendees took any available space to fill out applications, Avina said, including outside on the steps of the auditorium.
“I feel like it is a success,” Avina said.
Perkins said it’s sometimes difficult to get a large number of applicants together at the same place and time, so job fairs are a perfect platform to get the attention of more prospective employees.
“It’s nice to have a place to come and do this,” Perkins said. “This gave me a really good opportunity to grab them all at once.”
Rodriguez said she thought the job fair was a great place to find possible jobs and other resources for job-seekers, and many of the potential employers told her to make sure to apply online for available jobs — which she said she was definitely going to do.