Local hiring frenzy meets new season with “JobFest” job fair


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – Dozens of employers meet, greet, and network with job seekers who could become their next hire. The continued surplus of jobs show the shortage in multiple industries like retail, hospitality, and even education.

Employers are eager to fill these positions with the best applicants.

“There is a shortage of teachers just like everyone else’s shortage of workers in general,” Centro Colorado Head Start Area Manager Stormy Killpack discloses, “We definitely need teachers; we need cooks, and you are required to get the vaccine to work for this program it’s a great program truly passionate about everything that we do.”

“While only 56 employers are present at the JobFest job fair, the amount of open jobs available in Mesa County go up over 100,” Cora Dickey reports.

As some look for a career change, there are hopefuls just wanting a job.

“I am willing to everything I can to get a job. If they need me at 5 o’clock in the morning, I’ll be there. If they need me to do overtime I will do it,” Job Seeker Christopher Humphery reveals, “The reason why I’m trying to get a job is to help my family out because they took care of me while I was growing up and I felt that it’s my turn now.”

As long as there are jobs for hire, there will be a fair nearby.

“This is a typical time for a big job fair but we’ve already also had two previous job fairs in the summer because employers have such a need to fill positions,” Mesa County Workforce Center Supervisor Celina Kirnberger shares.

Different companies are eager to hire as attendants are eager to apply.

The JobFest job fair is typically the last hiring event mesa county workforce center hosts for the year. However, that could change the demand from employers call for more job fairs during the fall and winter seasons.

Resources for employment are available at the Mesa County Workforce Center during operating hours.

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