Employers and Job seekers Attend New Braunfels-Seguin Regional Job Fair
Seguin, Texas-Hundreds of job seekers attended the New Braunfels-Seguin Regional job fair held on September 28, 2017 at the Central Texas Technology Center. Job seekers were able to connect with over 40 participating employers who were in search of qualified candidates to fill numerous job openings within the region. The event was hosted by Workforce Solutions Alamo and the 10/35 Economic Development Alliance – a partnership between New Braunfels EDC and Seguin EDC to help local businesses find skilled employees. Several Seguin businesses including Caterpillar, Continental, GRMC, CMC Steel Texas, Tyson Foods Inc, City of Seguin, Seguin ISD and Navarro ISD participated in the job fair.
The event got started at 10 AM, and within the first hour, more than 100 job seekers had already checked in. When the event concluded at 3 PM, over 360 job seekers had come through the doors. Several participating employers scheduled follow up interviews with job seekers, and some even offered positions to job seekers on the spot. With a low unemployment rate, and competition for qualified workers growing, the participating businesses at the regional job fair were eager to fill their open positions.
“Low unemployment is typically associated with a growing and healthy economy, which is a good thing; it means that there are plenty of people employed within the labor force. With that being said, there are downsides that correlate with a low unemployment rate. It creates an environment where businesses experience challenges in finding skilled workers to fill open positions. But this is why we host events like this; we want to help connect our local businesses with prospective job seekers to fill open positions.” Said Josh Schneuker, Director of Economic Development for the City of Seguin.
Jay Law, principal at the Mercer-Blumberg Learning Center, said job fairs are usually effective for Seguin ISD.
“It’s one of the ways we get to meet all different kinds of people from all walks of life from different schools and places,” he said. “We try to attend all the regional job fairs as well as most college job fairs.”
Job seekers in attendance at the event were also able to utilize the Workforce on Wheels (WOW) Bus. “The WOW Bus is basically a mobile job center,” said Lydia Elder, public and government relations coordinator for Workforce Solutions Alamo. “So job seekers can register on workintexas.com, which is where we have all our job postings with our employers.”
This year’s event was the second year in a row that the 10/35 Economic Development Alliance has hosted a regional job fair, and planning is underway for the next regional job fair that will be held 2018.