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More than 200 job-seekers turn out for Marshall hiring event

By Caleb Brabham
Feb. 8, 2017 at 4 a.m.

The first job far sponsored by the Marshall News Messenger was held Tuesday. The next fair will be held June 14.

About 220 job seekers flooded the Marshall Visual Art Center to get their applications to some of the area's biggest employers as a part of Marshall News Messenger's first ETXjobs.com Job Fair & Expo.

"We were very pleased with the turnout today," Publisher Jerry Pye said of the fair. "This was an opportunity for job seekers to meet a number of employers in one location and have the opportunity to find gainful employment in the Marshall area. The vendors I talked to were happy with the number of job seekers they met with."

The News Messenger is planning on holding two fairs each year.

Several attendees said they felt the job fair was meeting a need in the community.

"I used to work at a warehouse until I was laid off," Marshall resident Patricia Raska said, adding she was impressed with the variety of employers represented at the job fair.

Marshall ISD, Marshall Police Department, Republic Elite and Master Woodcraft were just a few of the employers on hand at the job fair.

"It's good to see clearly motivated people here," Jake Brearton of Marshall ISD said. "We've had a lot of genuine interest. We've had a lot of people interested in our new positions that have opened up. People are just happy that we're here and we try and tell them what's available. It seems to me like they're just happy there's a job fair."

The News Messenger will hold its next job fair on June 14, again at MVAC.

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