Job fair to offer 6,000 jobs to borderland
POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 5:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 7:34pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Landing the perfect job is hard to do, especially in times like these, but Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande is trying to make it a little easier for job seekers. The company is hosting more than 250 employers Tuesday at the Convention Center in downtown El Paso from 9am-6pm.
"We can appreciate the significance of getting people back to work," said Senator Jose Rodriguez at Work Force Solutions Upper Rio Grande's press conference on Friday.
There are 6,000 available jobs in the Borderland ready to be filled at an upcoming job fair.
“Make sure that you're dressed to the nines. That you're dressed to impress. That you have your elevator speech ready. You know who you want to talk to. You know what you want to say," said Tiffany Hathcock.
Hathcock moved to El Paso a year ago, after her husband was transferred to Fort Bliss. She had a hard time finding a job, until she got her foot in the door at last year's job fair.
"Just sitting there wasn't going to get me a job and I wanted to make sure that I could contribute to my family. I decided to put on my best suit and come on out and make sure that I was prepared in advance, did my research, and I'm sure glad that I did," said Hathcock.
She's now a financial advisor at First Command.
Abraham Moreno also had difficulty finding a job after graduating from UTEP and life was getting him down.
"When you're on your own out there, you don't know who's hiring. Are you wasting your time knocking on doors," said Moreno.
He heard about the job fair and got his resume ready.
"That last isle, that last table is where I found my current job at Adidas," said Moreno.
Moreno says, the work doesn't stop once you get to the job fair.
"Bottom line, if you're looking for a job and you want a job, you're gonna have to hunt for it. Nothing is handed out. You have to work for everything that you get in life, said Moreno.
Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande CEO Lorenzo Reyes believes the job fair is for the betterment of the future.
"Their first job, maybe an opportunity for them in the future. Obviously, the most important thing is helping the economy and helping those families succeed," said Reyes.
Some of the employers that will be at the job fair include Nike Factory store, Coca-Cola refreshments, Coach, Dish, El Paso Police Department, El Paso Sheriff's office and Hewlett Packard to name a few.
The job fair is Tuesday 9-6pm at the Convention Center. For a listing of employers go to urgjobs.com/get-hired.