Job Fair Is A Big Hit!

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Many local businesses met up with 77 people looking for jobs at the Benton County Job Fair held Saturday, August 24, in the Community Building. Seventeen businesses took part in the job fair and offered jobs including those in the food industry, manufacturing, auto mechanics and more. It is the first job fair sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, and Director Mac Vorce reported that another is planned around March 2020.
“It is the coolest thing I have ever done,” said Vorce. “People left with jobs and businesses left with names and contact information of people that could be interviewed later. The Missouri Job Center also participated in the job fair so that people, mainly 16 to 24 years of age, could get access to employment services.”
Vorce said that he had been attending various prosperity meetings in Benton County and a hot topic was always “How Do We Provide More Jobs?”  He said that he couldn’t necessarily provide jobs, but could bring employers and job seekers together. Even though the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce has been gearing up for Heritage Days, he felt that time had to be taken to put together the job fair, and it was planned in 30 days.
“A list of local businesses were available to job seekers before the event, so some people came in knowing what businesses they wanted to talk to,” said Vorce. “For instance, a couple of people came in looking for the Ford dealership, and Angler’s Port. Ozark Disposal representatives stated that they were pleased that they were able to make many contacts with job applicants.”
Vorce said that there are 243 businesses in the Chamber of Commerce. Some of them that could not come to the job fair asked Vorce to keep them in mind for other such events. He said that he will do what he can to keep in touch with businesses regarding those who need employees.