Job Seekers and Employers Meet up in Huntington

Apr 21, 2017

Several job seekers from southern West Virginia traveled to Huntington Friday to explore employment opportunities.

Credit Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

Nearly 150 employers were at the Big Sandy Arena  in Huntington Friday, looking to fill job vacancies. United States Senator Joe Manchin’s office organized the three-hour job fair in downtown Huntington. Employers ranging from Wendy’s to state government were on hand, as well as local colleges like Marshall University that offered assistance for education options. Senator Manchin said he wanted to present job seekers with a variety of choices all in one place.

“This is a one stop smorgasborg if you want to change your life, but don’t just sit on the couch and think it’s someone else’s fault and that you have to leave the state, you don’t have to leave West Virginia,” Manchin said. “We need workers, we need workers in our state.”

Job seekers like Coleman Mullins of Huntington said it presents a unique opportunity.

“Cuts out a lot of the legwork for me, job seeking is not an easy thing to do, so to have it all in one place and be able to pick and choose and drop off massive amounts of resumes really helps,” Mullins said.

Those who attended were also offered guidance in developing a resume.