Big turnout expected for job fair

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Hundreds and perhaps thousands of people are expected to visit Tupelo Furniture Market Building V today for today’s CDF Regional Job Fair.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 35 companies had signed up to participate in the event, sponsored by the Community Development Foundation, the Mississippi Development Authority and the Governor’s Job Fair Network.
Greg Giachelli, CDF vice president of economic development, said among the employers will be Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs. The company is looking to hire some 1,500 hourly workers for the plant, which opens next fall.
TMMMS is accepting applications online only, but will have information available to anyone interested.
“And they’ll also have 30 laptops set up,” Giachelli said. “So even if you’re computer illiterate, they’ll be set up already for you to use.”
Giachelli said the employers cover a range of businesses, including banks, retailers, medical and manufacturing.
The job fair will have extended hours, lasting from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
“This is our sixth one, I think, and from we’ve learned from previous experience that there are a lot of people who are unable to make it out to the job fair before it closes, which is usually around 4 p.m.,” he said. “So we wanted to extend the hours and give everybody an opportunity to participate.”
Giachelli recommended that applicants “dress appropriately” and bring extra resumes.
“Also, some companies have set aside interview areas, so they are hiring,” he said.