Corinth job fair timely for area unemployed

CORINTH – Hundreds of eager job applicants are expected at Tuesday’s regional job fair at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth, where at least two Toyota suppliers will be looking for applicants.
A jobless rate in Northeast Mississippi of more than 13 percent almost guarantees that attendance will exceed the more than 1,500 who applied for jobs there last year.
The numbers likely will include many of the 450 or more employees of Quad Graphics to be displaced by the plant’s closing, which was announced recently.
“We’re expecting a bigger turnout this year, attracting people who have been on the job for many years and are back in the job market,” said Amanda Johnson of Corinth’s WIN Job Center. “It’s a good opportunity to bring job-seekers to meet with human resource people from local industry.”
Many of the recruiters will make on-the-spot offers the day of the job fair, so Johnson urges attendees to be dressed for a job interview and have a current resume with them.
“Last year we had 48 registered employers, more than 1,500 job-seekers and more than 340 job offers were made the day of the job fair,” Johnson said.
Among the employers already registered are two of the Toyota suppliers – Toyota Boshoku of Fulton/Dorsey and APMM of Baldwyn. According to the website, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi – the main plant in Blue Springs – will also be there.
No Toyota corporate representative will be taking applications, but someone will be on site to answer questions and hand out information sheets about applying to Toyota online.
“We’ve got many local industries represented, as well, including Caterpillar, Mississippi Polymers, Ayrshire Electronics, Magnolia Regional Health Center, trucking companies and others,” Johnson said.
The complete list of employers who have registered for the job fair can be found online at http://www.jobfairs.ms.gov.
The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee.
Job-seekers who do not have a current resume are urged to call their local WIN Job Center to arrange to go in to prepare one.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal