18 local industries looking to fill job openings at fair

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18 local industries looking to fill job openings at fair
Job seekers will get face-to-face with 18 local industry representatives who are hiring workers for high-paying jobs at the Louisiana Workforce Job Fair on Thursday, Jan. 23.

The employers who will be in attendance consist of some of the larger industrial and service companies in the area, including Monsanto, Dow, Turner Industries, Noranda, AT&T, Entergy, St. James Stevedoring, Refreshment Solutions and Valero.

Sample job openings include those for process technicians, commercial drivers, warehouse supervisors, warehouse personnel, wire technicians, operators, crane operators and mechanical engineers.

Tommy Scott III, LWC workforce investment board director, said this year’s job fair is the largest one he can remember holding in his time with the organization.

“We normally have them on a smaller scale. This is the first one of this magnitude,” he said. “This is definitely one for the books.”

Scott said the positions that are available allow workers to stay for years and provide for their families.

“We want the public to feel comfortable that they can live in the River Parishes and we want employers to know that there is a lot of talent in the River Parishes,” he said.

Scott attributes the increased participation by local employers to the robust economy of the River Parishes.

“I think it has a lot to do with the improvement in the economy and the reduction of the unemployment rates in the River Parishes. In comparison to other areas of the state, the River Parishes is definitely on the upswing of coming out of the economic downturn,” he said.

LWC holds the events a few times a year and Scott said they have been successful in creating contacts between employers and qualified local candidates for open positions. In fact, he encourages those who will be attending to be prepared for on the spot interviews.

“It is going to feature employers that most times you wouldn’t even know where to apply,” Scott said. “We are urging individuals to come properly dressed and prepared with their resume, and ready to interact with these employers. There is a possibility that they could even be interviewed on the spot if an employer sees something in them that they like.”  

Those who would like help with preparation can stop by business and career solution centers throughout the River Region, including the St. Charles Parish location at 737 Paul Maillard Road in Luling.

“If anyone should feel they need assistance with their resume, interviewing skills or techniques, they can visit our local business and career solution centers. Everything is available at no cost,” Scott said.

The recruiting fair will be held at South Central Louisiana Technical College at 181 Regala Park Road in Reserve from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Jan. 23.

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