(03/25/14) - Finding a job can sometimes be frustrating and depressing.
A Mid-Michigan job fair tried to remove some of the stress and make it easier for employers to meet face-to-face with those looking for work.
People were filling out job applications and being interviewed on the spot at the Cumulus Job Fair in Mundy Township, Tuesday. About 40 businesses set up booths at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre.
"One way for us to help people get back to work is to put on these free job fairs where we can get employers in contact with people that need the jobs," said Ed Leick, vice president, Cumulus Media-Flint.
There were several well-known businesses and agencies looking for new employees, and there was no lack of people filling out applications. Perhaps 1,500 people showed up.
"There's a wide variety of things. It's just so awesome to know there are companies out here looking for workers that are hard working, dedicated to the job," said Eric Stimpic, of Mundy Township.
Some are looking for lifelong opportunities.
"Looking to find a long-time career, something where I can be placed in something good," said Josh Corker, of Birch Run.
Others are hoping for more work to pay some bills.
"I'm trying to find another part time position, for me anyway. I have met with some very prestigious companies. I'm hoping they give me a chance," said Markita Jones.
"If you fit the qualifications and you have the oomph, I guess you can be on their team," said Kim Williams, of Flint.
Sometimes it's difficult for those looking for work to connect with those looking to hire. A job fair can build bridges.
"A lot of people don't know what's out there. They don't know a certain company has openings. It's a great way to interact with everyone and get everyone together," said Alicia Carpenter, of Speedway.
There's hope the economy is picking up when home improvement businesses, like C&L Ward, put out the help wanted sign.
"Our company's been growing the last few years and we're growing again this year and so we have a need for employees," said Michelle Shook, of C&L Ward.
The Michigan Department of Corrections also has a need for more workers.
"We're currently looking for corrections officers. We plan on adding about 500 officers by the end of the year," said Jeffrey Ex, of MDOC.
ELGA Credit Union came to the job fair ready to hand out lots of job applications.
"We have positions available in our teller department for part time tellers, starting at entry level positions, but there's great, great promise for growth," said Kevin Galloway, of ELGA Credit Union.
Speedway is hoping those who filled out applications will race to the top of the corporation.
"We have several candidates, even a few candidates for salary positions, which I'm really looking for today," said Alicia Carpenter, of Speedway.
Many of those who are looking for work told us a job fair makes them feel they have more of a chance of finding work.
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