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4,000 plus jobs wait to be filled at El Paso job fair
By: Ruben Veloz
EL PASO, Texas -- The "Get Hired" job fair and expo is expected to draw a large crowd, Tuesday, as many job seekers hope to get hired right on the spot.
It is also one of the largest job fairs to be held not only in El Paso but also in the state of Texas.
Workforce solutions of upper Rio Grande is bringing some of the best employers under one roof.
The 11th annual job fair and education expo will host more than 200 companies with more than 4,000 vacancies waiting to be filled.
Upper Valley resident Ricardo Villavicencio told KFOX14 events like this have helped many of his friends find work.
"I know a lot of people they used to lose their jobs and they are going to the Texas Workforce and they help them out," said Villavicencio.
Last year, the fair drew 9,452 people looking for jobs. Event organizers say this year it's expected to draw about the same amount of people.
"If you're the job seeker this is the best opportunity to talk to different companies," said Lorenzo Reyes, executive director of Workforce Solutions.
The Texas workforce commission reports that an estimated 28,000 El Pasoans are either currently unemployed or looking for work.
Reyes, the executive director of Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande, hopes this job fair will help people find jobs in El Paso.
"Over 1,200 people found employment as a result of the event last year. We expect a similar number that will be employed of this event," said Reyes.
Although El Paso's unemployment rate is better this year than it was a year ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said the area is still higher than the national average.
Some El Pasoans believe education is a big factor.
"I just think that if people in El Paso were a bit more prepared to fill in these openings, we would have a better outlook as far as being able to fill in these spots that are available," said west El Pasoan Isaac Bencomo.
Project managers tell KFOX14 people should bring their resumes, be prepared, and dressed professionally if they want to land a job.
Villavicencio, who works as a restaurant manager at the State Line Grill, has some advice for people looking for a better opportunity.
"Try to reach those jobs that can give you experience," said Villavicencio. "As soon as soon as you get experience you can go to the big ones, the big companies."
The event is held in Downtown El Paso at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center at 1 Civic Center Plaza.
Doors open 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
For a list of employers at today's job fair, click on this link.
There will be advisors and that will help people with question including workshops that will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.