Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 26, 2014

Job-seekers use job fair to try to find work

GLASGOW — Teri Ann Dilley has been a stay-at-home mom for three years, but she thinks it’s time to rejoin the workforce.

Dilley, of Glasgow, was one of many who attended a job fair Friday at the T.J. Health Pavilion’s community center to talk with the 35 employers who were taking applications.

The job fair was sponsored by the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, the Barren River Area Development District and the Kentucky Career Center.

“I thought this job fair would be an excellent way to meet a lot of employers and kind of get my name out there and talk to people,” she said.

Dilley started looking for work about a month ago.

“I’m interested in working again. I think it’s really good for people to be productive and to work,” she said. “I need that in my life again. Even though I have two beautiful children, I need that in my life again; to be productive.”

Dilley stopped at a booth manned by Laura Michael with Primerica, where she asked about available positions.

“We are a full-service financial firm. We work primarily in the middle-income market, helping people get on track for retirement, get out of debt, assist them with their insurance needs and things of that nature,” Michael said.

Primerica is a national company with 2,100 offices. It recently opened a new office in Bowling Green and is looking for full- and part-time employees, she said.

Michael was pleased with the turnout for the job fair and said, “I’ve met some pretty sharp people. I’m really excited about that.”

Joining Michael in talking to future employees on Friday was Mike Smith with Amneal Pharmaceuticals.

Smith said he was hoping to find people with strong computer skills.

“That’s what we’ve been having a struggle with mainly,” he said.

The company is partnering with state agencies to help employees get the computer training they need.

Some who turned out for the job fair were looking for opportunities that would allow them to further their education, as well as for work, such as Anthony Blunt and his fiancee, Cassandra Hughes, of Cave City. With them was Liam, their 6-month-old son.

“We are looking for a job to better ourselves and to create a stable future for our son,” Blunt said.

He said he was pleased with the positions that are available.

“There’s no experience required for most of them,” he said. “But for the most part, I’m excited about furthering my education.”

Blunt hopes to become a graphic designer and he talked with representatives of Western Kentucky University.

Kathy Fraim, an educational opportunities counselor at WKU’s Glasgow campus, manned the booth along with Krystol Stinson with the Veterans Upward Bound program at WKU.

As an educational opportunities counselor, Fraim helps students complete financial aid and college entrance applications, while Stinson helps veterans with the resources they need to return to school.   

While many who came to the job fair were looking for work, Fraim said some were asking about college.

“We’ve had some who were thinking, ‘I want to go back to school,’ but didn’t realize there was help out there to help them navigate the process of going back to school,” she said.  

One of the things Anna Fudge, also of Glasgow, has found in her job search is that many employers are looking for people with college degrees.

Fudge, who has been looking for work since February, has had some college classes, but she has no degree.

On Friday, she was looking for an office or administrative-type position.

“I’ve given out my resumé to a couple of places,” she said.

Joe Espana, who is retired from the military, said he has been looking for a job for about three months.

“I’m looking for a good paying job with flexible hours,” he said.

 He was hoping to find a job did not involve a long commute.

Friday’s job fair was the first one the Kentucky Career Center has co-sponsored in quite a while.

“It’s been about three years since we’ve had a big job fair like this,” said Regina Woolbright, workforce development facilitator at the Kentucky Career Center in Glasgow. “At the career center in Glasgow, we always have job fairs for individual employers’ needs. If we have new employers come in, or if they’ve had a downfall and they need workers.”  

The idea to hold the larger job fair on Friday came about after talking to employers who expressed they had hiring needs, she said.

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