HANFORD — Hundreds of job-seekers flowed into the Hanford Civic Auditorium Thursday morning looking for work at the annual Kings County Job Fair.
The annual event, organized by the Kings County Job Developers Association, saw the meeting of dozens of employers and hundreds of out-of-work residents.
“I feel like I’ve had some good connections and that some networking is happening, so hopefully I get some good results from it,” Hanford resident Amy McClard said.
McClard has been unemployed for about six months after losing her job as a service manager at a local tire shop, where she worked for five years.
She said that she had turned in “at least” 10 resumes and filled-out applications and felt confident that those seeds could bear fruit, though she had not yet pinned down an interview.
Representatives from employers like Kings County, the city of Fresno, Tulare Lake Compost, WestCare, Brandman University, Momentum Broadcasting, H&R Block, Liberty Tax Service and more were on on-site answering questions and filing resumes from job-seekers. Online retailer Amazon had the day’s most popular booth.
“We talked to a lot of good candidates that seemed like they would be a good match, so we referred them to our website,” Geo Reentry Services representative Luis Barragan said.
With offices in Coalinga, Corcoran and Delano, Geo Reentry Services is a nationwide company that provides supervision programs for adult probationers, parolees and pretrial defendants to rejoin the workforce.
Barragan said that the company is looking to hire facilitators and substance abuse counselors, though they had not participated in any of the on-the-spot interviews held throughout the day.
Lemoore resident Kyle Veiga scored an interview Thursday morning, though, meeting with employers representing the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
“I’m horrible at interviews, but I hope it works out OK,” he said. “But, other than that, I’ve got a good feeling about the day.”
Veiga worked in in swimming pool construction, but lost his job in June after his contractor license expired. Now, he’s looking to move into a new field.
He said he handed out five resumes and filled out three applications at the job fair, hoping to land full-time employment.
According to Job Fair officials, more than 60 employers were looking to fill around 700 positions at the 22nd annual event Thursday.