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6/12/2012 9:56:00 PM
Goodwill job fair draws more than 300 applicants
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Applicants line up at Monday’s job fair in Prescott.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Applicants line up at Monday’s job fair in Prescott.

Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - More than 300 job applicants flocked to a job fair Monday at the Prescott Resort in which 40 employers participated.

The recruiters sought to fill 300 openings, said Victor Carbajal, business services specialist with Goodwill of Central Arizona, which co-sponsored the job fair with U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff. Carbajal said he recruited the employers for the first job fair that Goodwill has conducted in Prescott.

Applicants came in business suits and casual attire to the job fair, and ranged from recent high school graduates to laid-off workers or managers with more than 20 years of experience. Recruiters included Goodwill, the Yavapai Gaming Agency - which owns the hotel - a bank, hardware store, major retailers, a shuttle service, a restaurant, home-health care services, and law enforcement, local, state and federal government agencies.

"I'm looking for a good job at entry level that pays well," said Humboldt resident Aaron Boydens, who has been between jobs since January 2010. "I am 34 years old, and I want to work for a company to train me."

Boydens, who previously worked in construction and restaurants, said he cannot afford to return to school.

He had a lot of company Monday, but many of the job seekers had been unemployed for a shorter period of time.

Jim Stubblefield said he worked for 25 years with a phone company before being laid off six months ago. He moved to Prescott two weeks ago from Pleasanton, Calif., to be closer to family.

Stubblefield said his background is information technology, and he worked as a technical support manager for several years.

"I'm hoping this works out," Stubblefield said about the first job fair he ever attended. Jennifer Vaglio of Chino Valley said she has taken part in about 20 job interviews since losing her job five months ago after working 20 years in the title and escrow field.

She observed that she did not see any employers in her field.

"I'm not very encouraged about anything right now," Vaglio said. However, she added, "At least it is nice to be able to see people's faces instead of being online."

Damon Stanley, also of Chino Valley and unemployed since March, echoed a similar view, saying, "I know the Internet is kind of impersonal, not that I haven't tried it."

Stanley, who previously worked in the warehouse field for about 10 years, said he recognized one potential employer from his networking group: Ruth Durot, owner and president of Clean-N-Bright Carpet & Tile Specialists Inc. in Prescott. She was recruiting a carpet-cleaning technician, and received four or five applications an hour into the four-hour job fair.

Durot said she is fussy about applicants because she requires them to work in private residences. She said she is looking for an employee who is "clean cut," does not use drugs and has no criminal record, among other things.

"I'm looking for long-term employment: five years plus," she said.

Over at a nearby booth, account executive Julie Keeney of Angels Care Home Health in Prescott Valley accepted applications from registered and licensed practical nurses who prefer the flexibility of working a day at a time.

She met with Vicky Sorg, who graduated May 12 from the nursing program at Yavapai College in Prescott. Sorg, of Prescott, said she will take her nursing board exams June 26.

Some job fair participants indicated they were seeking part-time jobs. Falicia Magat, a 2012 graduate of Prescott High School, said she wants to supplement her income from working at Hastings in Prescott. Helen Andersen of Prescott Valley said her disability means she can work only part time, and wants to work as a server at banquets or weddings or bartending, "just something fun."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2012
Article comment by: Demi Krat

Most intelligent people (those deserving of good jobs) realize that job fairs are not where you go to get a job. Job fairs are little more than networking opportunities.

Yes, you should go and hand out resumes, but don't expect anything. You need to be a little more creative and determined than going to job fairs and filling out online applications...

Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Article comment by: Your Jobs ARE Offshore

Sorry folks, the multinational corporations based in the US have moved your jobs to China (and etc.). It greatly increases their profits! Kiss goodby to the middle class. Good luck all of you!

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: Granite Mountain Private Duty

Our company participated in this event. We passed out over 20 applications and interviewed 7 candidates that day. They are now in the process of being hired. We have also interviewed and are hiring 2 more that brought their applications to our office after the event. We would definitely participate again.

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: I can see why...

I can see why some of the people that posted here left the job fair empty handed. With the way they construct, spell or punctuate a sentence, who would even consider them for employment? How did they dress for this event? Were they showing those tattoos? It also makes one wonder just how motivated some were when there are conflicting reports of who was hiring. A job is a privilege and not an entitlement. It must be earned. Additional schooling at one of our fine institutions may help to land employment.

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: Andy Anderson

What is the population in this around...around 30,000 people? And only 1% shows up to a job fair? I find that interesting.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: Michelle N

What cracked me up was Chase passing out credit card app, and new account apps.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: To: What THE ... !?!?!?

I was at this job fair and I visited EVERY table and EVERY table was hiring. I have already had 3 calls about job offers. If someone went to the table, spoke up, spoke clearly and discussed their resume with someone then it was a great experience. On the other hand, if someone sat at the coffee table and went to two tables at 3:45, probably not so good for them. ...

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: Hey Folks

I am sure it is frustrating, to go to a job fair where there is little chance to get a job on the spot. There are however plenty of things to be gained in attending. I have hired a number of employees who sent me resumes when I wasn't hiring, when I needed someone, I could contact one of those folks without necessarily advertising. You could meet someone who might recognize your resume later. You might be able to find out more about what a company is looking for in a candidate. However, I do think the best thing to do as someone looking for work, is to identify what companies I want to work for, and go to that company and introduce myself, whether they are hiring or not. Don't impose on a situation. Then stop by regularly just to say hi, it worked for me when I was young and hungry. Good Luck...

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: Dan K again

Thank you Carol, I will say this...YES some of them were hiring, but don't you think they were looking for a needle in a hay stack....this is Prescott, not the big city. I have been in a customer field for several years, and you know what I mean when you go to local business's in this area....were is the customer service. I applied for a job for Hertz not to long ago, get this, the full time job which is more then 50 hours a week paid 9.00 an hour, but if you have a Master Degree it is 10.00 an hour......really !!!!!. So now all I do is respond to newspapers and write blogs..... now that is funny

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: Carol P

response to Dan K. I would have to agree with you. Applying online is nuts, you just get "deleted". These so-called employers want it all however, won't even meet you in person. Bad business I say. Certainly not like in the older days. You could meet people up and personal like.
It will have to change. It actually tells me that the so-called people in-charge of hiring are way to busy taking breaks instead of interviewing for good candidates...to much work for them after all. Much easier to report nope, no one out there.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: Zig E.

I'm sure it wasn't a purely political move by Gosar - or....

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: To: What the .....?!?!?!

I was at the job fair, and every company there was hiring, may have been for one position or it may have been for 12, but they were all hiring. Why would a company waste resources and time on an event that doesn't pertain to them? I personally visited every table myself. Your hubby sounds like he was making excuses to me.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: Dan K

Well, I attended the so-called job fair also. Here are my thoughts. Most all the companies were not taking apps and said to apply online. Also several companies did not show up, at least when I was there. What ever happened to knocking on a door and talking to a person. When you apply online all you are is words and email address without personal contact face to face. I have been unemployed for 7 months and apllied for dozens of jobs and you don't hear back from any of them. I also think the job fair was a waste of time along with the newspaper that stated there would be hiring managers there and bring your resume....Funny

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: Job Fairs

I've volunteered at job fairs before, and one thing I found is that a lot of companies show up who aren't actually hiring. Don't know if that was the case here, but it's disappointing when it is.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: Jason Proctor

I like the idea o this job air unfortunately I could not attend but I hope more employers do decide to hire and there are more jobs fair events around the tri city area.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: What THE ... !?!?!?

OK......... My husband went to this job fair and he said every company he walked up to every company there and they all said they were not hiring!!!! This is complete BS and this article is not telling the truth what so ever. He was so pissed off because he wasted time doing this when he could have been doing it by himself. He and a few others almost got arrested because he was pissed off and its pathetic that the paper will say that these companies took resumes and sent out applications for everyone.

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