March 27, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The numbers have been tallied and it has been learned that more Southern Illinoisans visited the John A. Logan College Job Fair Wednesday than any previous year.

Lisa Hudgens, Director of Career Services at the college, organized the event.

“We had 76 employers and 665 attendees, which is incredible,” she said. “There was a steady flow of applicants from start to finish and more of the applicants seemed dressed to interview.”

Hudgens said that of the employers she visited with Wednesday during and after the show, all were pleased with the turnout and quality of applicants.

“In fact, several indicated to me that they had received resumes and would begin the interview process in the days ahead,” she said.

JALC President, Dr. Mike Dreith, said he thought the job fair was a smash success.

“It was a timely and well-attended service of JALC-to-district residents who are either out of work, or looking for another career,” he said. “I thought it was spot on and seen as value by the area employers who participated.”

Greg Jones of West Frankfort, who attended the fair, said it’s always good to keep one’s options open.

“I’m just kind of looking around and visiting with people,” he said. “I guess you could say I’m seeking possible career paths – criminal forensics, for example.”

Francois Johnson of Marion said he attended the fair in an effort to better himself.

“I’m a student here at Logan. I just wanted to see what opportunities were out there available to me at this time,” he said.

Damesha Martin, also of Marion, said she and her brother, D.J. Martin, were collecting information and found the job fair rewarding.

“I think so,” she said. “We’re both looking for employment, part or full time, and figured this would be a great chance to see what there is to choose from.”