March 23, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Marlon Harris and his friend, Zeke Linton, both of Herrin, said they decided to attend Wednesday’s job fair at John A. Logan College after seeing an advertisement on FaceBook.

Other attendees said they read about the fair on the Logan Web site and in local newspapers. Yet others referenced billboards, and then of course, there was word of mouth.

“I’m mainly looking for a factory job, but am considering other possibilities as long as it’s something with health benefits,” Harris said. “I think having an event like this is beneficial to anyone trying to get work. You can ask a company representative questions here that you may not have the opportunity to ask online. And you never know what lead to what. I find the whole experience very educational.”

Linton said he visited with several representatives, including Pepsi Mid-America, Walgreen’s, Aisin, and UPS.

“I’m just looking for full-time work wherever I can get it,” he said.

Michael Miller, who works in the Human Resources Department at UPS in Marion, met with both Linton and Harris and said he was happy to inform the public about what all his company has to offer.

Ada Taylor of Carbondale spent time visiting at the fair with Silkworm printing in Murphysboro and its representatives, Rylie Wicoff and Michelle Piper.

“This is the second year I have come to the job fair,” Taylor said. “I find the one here more welcoming than others I have attended. I’m definitely looking for full-time employment. And I am willing to relocate.”

Jose Bautista of Murphysboro said he hopes to eventually become a Licensed Practical Nurse, but in the meanwhile, is seeking alternative employment.

“I would consider anything right now, part or full-time,” he said. “I really have liked the people I have met here. The employers have all been very nice, which makes it a friendly atmosphere. I have enjoyed visiting one-on-one with the representatives. That means a lot to me.”

Monica Linton and Amy Odle with Blue Cross/Blue Shield said they have hired more than 10 employees in recent years from people attending the Logan fair.

“We generally don’t conduct inteviews here at the fair, but we accept resumes and try to educate the community on how to apply online for jobs at our company,” Linton said.

Lisa Hudgens, who serves the college as Director of Career Services and coordinator of the job fair, said she was pleased to see that 82 employers had turned out to meet with the public.

“Several of the employers indicated to me that they met with qualified applicants today and hoped to follow up with individual interviews.”