Job fair to bring in numerous employers

Published 10:56 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2015

An annual job fair in the city is expected to bring in plenty of employers from around the area.

The Dallas County Department of Human Resources’ JOBS Task Force will host its annual job fair Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center. The fair is in its 19th year. The mission of the fair is to introduce citizens to potential employers, said Human Resources program supervisor Annie Montgomery. Participants are asked to dress professionally and bring a resume, if they have one.

“Some (participants) will get a chance to complete an application,” Montgomery said. “It gives people hope to just come together and see the employers and listen to what they have to offer.”

Area employers will present attendees with job information. PNC bank, the Selma Police Department, Wallace Community College Selma, the Alabama Department of Corrections and other employers will be present at the affair. Montgomery said all area employers are invited to bring their businesses to the job fair.

The list of participating employers goes on and on, but the number of attendees heightens every year, Montgomery said.

“Every year the crowd has gotten bigger and bigger,” she said. “Last year, it was over 200 participants, and we’re expecting the same this year.”

Community support also continues to grow, as sponsors and employers provide assistance every year, she said.

Job opportunities might be plentiful, but so is the education participants will receive.

“All will get an education,” Montgomery said. “They’ll learn more about what Selma has to offer, and about employer’s mission statements and objectives. It is definitely an educational fair, as well as a job fair.”

In addition, Montgomery said she believes people should attend the job fair, to gain the experience of having a one-on-one experience with employers.

It’s also a great look for the city, she said.

“It’s very positive and it’s a way for employers in the city to come and meet potential employees,” Montgomery said. “Therefore, it’s a win-win for the city of Selma.”