Congressman Bob Goodlatte
put on a big job fair Monday in the valley. More than 750 job seekers came out
and met with employers at the Augusta Expo in Fishersville.
Goodlatte said his goal
for putting on the fair is to bring together employers and applicants in tough
economic times. For some, though, it was about more than finding a job.
Rich McDaniel came all the
way from Lexington in search of not just a job, but also opportunity.
"In this area, you've
gotta be able to do a little bit of everything. And you know particularly
because we're not a large, metropolitan area. So a lot of times you have to
wear multiple hats," McDaniel said.
McDaniel works with
computers and technology, as well as with a radio station. For him, the job
fair was the perfect time to network.
More than 50 vendors from
all types of industries were talking with prospective employees on openings for
entry-level applicants all the way up to advanced expertise.
"It's a very big
event. It comes at a time where a lot of people are still looking for jobs. So
it's hopefully going to reach a lot of people and get a lot of people employed,"
said Stephanie Bell, director of admissions at National College.
Like McDaniel, Bell had
more than one purpose in mind for coming to the career expo. She says it's not
just a chance to fill jobs, but also a chance to get the word out about a
"We want to spread
the knowledge of what we offer and our main goal as a career college is to get
people in, get them educated, and then out working in their field," Bell said.
Goodlatte has hosted other
similar affairs. He says now is a crucial time for this.
For those who missed this job
fair, Goodlatte says his office will work on organizing another one in the
future. Meanwhile, he recommends checking in with the Virginia Employment Commission
for job listings.