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Career fair sees 70 percent increase in job seekers over last year

More than 3,200 people are one step closer to a job after they met with employers and got some valuable job search information at a huge career fair Wednesday.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - More than 3,200 people are one step closer to a job after they met with employers and got some valuable job search information at a huge career fair Wednesday.

The Department of Workforce Services hosted the fair at Verizon Area in North Little Rock.

The number of job seekers may have gone up, 1,300 more people showed up this year than last year, but fortunately so did the number of businesses looking to hire. "We have a variety of employers requiring job seekers of all different skill levels," said Kim Friedman of the Department of Workforce Services.

Out of work since August, Donald Rufus didn’t know there were so many choices out there. “I've got a lot of different option. I've talked to a lot of people. I've go a lot of different cards, applications."

116 booths were registered at the fair, compared to last year’s total of 98. The good news this year is businesses like Verizon Wireless are looking to expand, taking applications for new call center positions coming next year.

The Department of Workforce Services also offered seminars on resume writing and interviewing skills. "So many people we find have worked for a company 20, 30 years and find themselves unemployed but yet they haven't had to put a resume together in that amount of time,” said Friedman.

And those seminars will still be available after the fair. You can call your local Department of Workforce Services office for a one-on-one meeting to sharpen your resume and interviewing skills.
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