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Job seekers and employers converge at the Workforce Solutions job fair in Tyler

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) — Nearly 40 employers were at the Workforce Solutions of East Texas job fair looking for qualified candidates Thursday.

Alex Mancilla is Sanderson Farms’ staff supervisor and manages their hiring.

There have been more than 11,000 online job postings in the past 30 days according to Workforce Solutions East Texas, as demand for employees remains steady as the pandemic has slowed.

“These job fairs are really important to show the community, especially after COVID, that we are still here and still offering jobs. To be here in the middle of North Tyler where there is a group of hard working citizens from East Texas, just to be here today is a very special opportunity,” he said. .

All sorts of opportunities are available to people right here in East Texas. Schools, law enforcement, healthcare, and customer service industries were all represented today. Samuel Adams is a detention officer at Smith County Jail.

“With other law enforcement agencies, we are short. Right now, I think we’re short 30 to 35 detention officers. We try to get out into the community and get people into good paying jobs,” Adams said.

Today was Allison Sharp’s first time at a job fair. She said she was impressed with the organization of the event and the friendliness of the people.

“I’m from a different state, coming back to Texas, looking for something that’s permanent and meets my needs,” Sharp said. “Especially with COVID, look for something remote, if possible.”

Business Services Manager Kim Stacy said they cover 14 counties and hold nearly four job fairs a month. While they see less traffic, they see new employers coming to fairs looking for employees.

“Since the start of the year, I’ve challenged the team to do as much as possible because it makes a difference,” Stacy said.

Workforce Solutions East Texas is hosting its next career fair on May 24 at Jarvis Christian University.

To learn more about events or resources, you can visit their website.

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