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Hundreds attend annual job fair in Elizabethtown

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By Robert Villanueva

Hundreds of job seekers made Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown their destination Thursday as the Regional Job and Career Fair provided employment opportunities.

Employers ranging from law enforcement agencies to medical facilities, from insurance companies to trucking companies, attracted visitors at the five-hour event.

With an hour to go, more than 460 job seekers had attended, said Tommy Wheatley, Kentucky Career Center-Lincoln Trail regional program manager. This was the 14th year for the event that began on post at Fort Knox and later relocated, he said.

The Kentucky Career Center-Lincoln Trail, Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, Elizabethtown Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and KYJOBS.net sponsor the event. The Elizabethtown Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management offered free consultations on resume writing, interviewing and other advice during the job fair.

Jim Skees, Kentucky Career Center-Lincoln Trail business liaison, said job seekers began lining up early and the biggest crowd arrived in the morning. Since then, Skees said, the stream of visitors was steady.

“We had about 600 last year and we’re probably going to run about the same number,” he said.

Skees said 56 employers set up at the fair, which is better than previous years, which averaged 40 to 45. He attributed the increase to the rebounding economy.

For job seeker Scarlett Nicole Skeeters of Eastview, the fair was a first and a good opportunity “to see what’s out there.”

“I’ve got a lot of prospects,” said Skeeters, who was seeking an accounting job.

Donna Terry of White Mills expressed surprise at the number of employers at the fair, many of which she didn’t know existed even though they are in the county.

“It’s pretty awesome,” she said of the experience, which was a first for her as well.

Terry hoped to be able to get her name out to employers.

Like Terry, Travis Smith of Elizabethtown expressed surprise at the size of the job fair. His attendance boiled down to one thing.

“I need a job,” Smith said.

Robert Villanueva can be reached at 270-505-1743 or rvillanueva@thenewsenterprise.com.