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Crowd turns out for oil industry job fair

By Hannah DeClerk hdeclerk@marshallnewsmessenger.com
Feb. 5, 2011 at 5:16 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS PROFESSIONAL Truck Driver Training School Admissions Representative Tammy Hicks, left, hands Eric McLeese of Winnsboro more information about the school during the TownSquare Media Oil and Natural Gas Carrier Job Fair Saturday at the Marshall Convention Center.

Area job seekers piled into the Marshall Civic Center Saturday as several businesses offered hundreds of jobs in a growing field.

A job fair for the oil and natural gas industry, hosted by TownSquare Media, provided 20 different oil and gas companies, both large and small, with 250 job-seeking participants.

Townsquare Media Marketing and Recruiting Specialist Jackie Whaley said before the event even began this morning, there were over 50 participants lined around the corner of the building.

"I had a feeling we might this is an industry that is continuously growing," said Ms. Whaley.

She said participants continued pouring in all day, many of them bringing resumes, and some even being hired on the spot.

"There are a lot of oil and gas needs in the east Texas area," she said.

For this reason, she and Townsquare Media Regional Recruitment Consultant Tom Norman decided to "think outside of the box" and put on a career fair that was more "industry specific."

She also said because of the success they plan on hosting more of these career fairs quarterly.

"Employers like it, and they know what to expect," said Norman. "People need employees, and they need employment."

Local colleges representatives were also in attendance, including Texas State Technical College-Marshall, to promote certain programs that may be required for certain career opportunities.

"Let's say someone says they are looking for a certain specialty, then they can come here and sign up for a program at TSTC," said TSTC Vice President of Student Services Brett Bright.

One of the positions many employers were interested in filling required a Commercial Drivers License, and TSTC offers a course that gives people an opportunity to obtain the license.

"The truck driving booth has been swamped today," said Bright.

He also mentioned they came out to build relationships with other businesses in the area.

Representative of C&J Energy Service of Marshall, Chad Matheny, said he has already seen a lot of "great kids and am glad to have them show me their resume."

Matheny said the company had about 40 open positions, and was looking for assistant operators through supervisors, and also men who could do fracturing and coil tubing.

"I have already met at least 60 to 80 participants face to face alone, and hopefully it continues to pour in."

He said this is bigger than most job fairs he participates in, with many interviewees coming all the way from Nacadoches, and parts of Louisiana.

Dustin Sparks said he traveled 70 miles from Nacodoches in hopes of finding employment on a drilling rig.

"I have put in my application to several businesses, and I will also apply to some online," he said.

Sparks said in his lifetime, he has already worked on three drilling rigs, and decided to come to this area because of the growing amount of job opportunities.

"There are supposed to be a lot of good jobs in this particular field," he said.

Several job fair and employment opportunities are listed on several Townsquare media radio station Web sites.

For more listings in the East Texas area, go to <a href= "http://www.KHUE.com">www.KHUE.com</a>.

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