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Workforce center to host Job Opportunity Bonanza

ALLISON MILES

By ALLISON MILES
June 18, 2013 at 1:18 a.m.


Crossroads residents looking for work and employers hoping to hire can come together under one roof Thursday.

Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent will host its Job Opportunity Bonanza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

About 60 employers from a variety of sectors, ranging from retail to hospitality and others will participate, said Henry Guajardo, the workforce center's executive director.

"It's open to all industries," he said. "There's something out there for everyone."

Thursday's fair allows potential applicants the chance to visit face to face with employers, he said, and some might hire on-site. A computer lab allows people to fill out online applications, he added, while a copy room will be available in case attendees need additional resume copies.

The workforce center staff will also be available to help if needed.

Guajardo said there is a pent-up demand for employment in the Crossroads, noting the center has about 1,450 job openings listed in its system now. That's a 27 percent increase since May 2011.

Last year's job fair drew 1,200 to 1,300 attendees, he said. And, although he didn't know exactly how many to expect Thursday, he said he hopes to either reach or exceed last year's numbers.

Guajardo encouraged job seekers to arrive at the event early and to preregister by filling out the form at GCWorkforce.org. Additional information, as well as tips for the job search, are available at the same site.

"We're hoping to have a successful job fair," he said.

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