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Drive-thru job fair in Monroe

Job seekers received packets of hiring employers
Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 10:45 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - It has been almost one year since the pandemic put a lot of people out of work, which is why the city and other groups came together to host a COVID style job fair. The Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Ouachita Workforce Development Board 81, Region 8 Career Solutions Center and Stephens Media Group to host the fair on March 4, 2021.

“I came because I heard the city of Monroe had a job fair and I really needed a job because coronavirus is going on,” said Aroe Toleiver.

Drivers pulled up to the Monroe Civic Center and received a packet of hiring employers from the comfort of their own car.

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce and others offer the job fair each year but Chamber President Sue Nicholson said they had to get creative this year because of COVID-19. Nicolson said the drive-thru fair benefits not only those looking for a job, but also the employer.

“We have employers that always find a good employee. And right now so many employers kind of getting back to full employment, they’re looking to fill jobs,” Nicholson said. “And so this is a really great opportunity for someone who’s looking for a full-time job, maybe looking for a change, to look through these. It’s very, very simple. You know, sit on your couch, look through them, see what appeals to you, and then send your resume.”

The job fair couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I am looking for any type of employment. I’ve been unemployed for about four months now... due to COVID,” said Timothy Grissom. “I feel it will be great, it can help out a lot of people.”

Nicholson said the most important thing is to follow up with the jobs you apply to and submit those resumes. If you didn’t get a chance to go to the job fair, you can go to the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website.

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