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Henry County Job Fair Draws Close to 600 People


Martinsville, VA - Hundreds of people came out Wednesday for a job fair by the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and many walked away with job prospects. 

About 20 employers were on site for one of the biggest job fairs in Henry County this year.

The wait to get in was pretty long, but that didn't stop close to 600 people from coming out to have their chance at a new start.

"We'd love for everyone that wants a job to have a job," said Chamber President Amanda Witt.

People lined up early for a shot at about 1,000 jobs.

"We opened the doors at nine so, we've been walking around talking to employers. They're very pleased with the turn out, very pleased with the type of candidates coming through and the qualified workforce that we have," said Witt.

Those employers represented a variety of fields including health care, distribution and manufacturing. 

"It's a great opportunity for us to get to meet the people face to face. A lot of times we look at applications and you're not putting a face with that application, and it gives us more of an opportunity to get out in the community that we support," said Tammer Hairston, HR manager for Drake Extrusions. 

"We want to participate and show the community that we want to try to help to improve our economy by hiring locally, " said Rhonda Casey, HR manager at the VA Museum of Natural History. 

Employers will soon be contacting the candidates chosen to move forward in the application process. This is especially good news for folks like Michael King who are feeling the effects of the struggling economy.

"Right now we're under the gun just a little bit and close to losing our home so I have to do this to provide for my family," said King. 

He has a bit of advice for the folks that need work but sat this job fair out:

"Everybody's afraid. Starting over, starting anew...you have fears. Come on out and do what you've got to do, I mean because it's a great opportunity."

If you missed this chance at a new job, the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber organizes job fairs based on the need of local and regional employers.

To get updates on job fairs and other opportunities in Henry County, check out the Chamber's Facebook page or go to their website.


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