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Ozarks Technical Community College hosting second outdoor job fair this spring

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Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 4:01 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - With the state ending all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs Saturday career fairs have been popping up across the Ozarks.

Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) is one of the job fairs open to the community. The demand was so high from employers seeking workers at May’s job fair, the OTC career services department organized another one for Thursday, June 10. It begins at 9 a.m. and runs through noon in Lot K of the OTC Springfield Campus.

“For our event in May, we had space for 50 employers, but we had many more who wanted to recruit employees,” said Lacey Busick, OTC career advisor. “It’s such a contrast from last summer when we had far more job-seekers than jobs. Now, many employers are looking to hire.”

Thirty local employers will attend OTC’s outdoor job fair, including CoxHealth, Arvest Bank, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lakeland Behavioral Health and Paul Mueller. For a full list of attending employers, click on the link below.

As the country starts seeing economic recovery from the pandemic, Busick said it’s a good job market for those seeking work, and many employers are taking notice.

“For anyone in the job market looking for work, it’s a great market for that and employers are responding to that,” explained Busick. “There’s obviously a lot of openings they’re raising salaries, a little bit increasing benefits. So it’s a great time to get out and if you were thinking about changing careers, now’s the time to do it.”

Busick said jobseekers do not have to pre-register; however, it is recommended that you bring copies of your resume to distribute to employers of interest.

To make the most of the opportunity, OTC Career Services recommends that job seekers:

  • Bring several copies of their résumé to give to potential employers, plus a few extra.
  • Be prepared with a list of references, written work or a portfolio.
  • Dress the same as they would for a job interview.
  • Turn off their cell phones when talking to potential employers.
  • Be prepared to ask the recruiters questions.
  • Follow up after the event with a note or email to the recruiter expressing their interest in the job.

For additional tips on how to prepare, click here.

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