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Goodlatte Holds Job Fair in Fishersville

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Job fair at the Augusta Expo. Job fair at the Augusta Expo.

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 company's mission.

"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.            

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