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Job fairs give those seeking employment a 'leg up'

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Dozens of employees were looking for people to fill their open positions Tuesday. Raleigh United Methodist Church hosted 31 employers and recruiters for a "super job fair."

The Memphis area has an unemployment rate of more than eight percent. Thousands of Mid-Southerners turned out for the big job fair.

Some of the folks who turned out for the fair were looking for a primary job, while others were looking for a secondary job to supplement their income.

For some, job fairs have become a way of life.

"Well, I go to job fairs like this, I have another one tomorrow," said Betty Miller of Germantown. "I check the Internet, post my resume online, and that's the best I can do."

For Miller, job fairs are some of the best ways to find work.

"It's important to get your personality and face out there and let them know just how eager you are to get work," she explained.

Thirty-one employers, including FedEx, MLGW, and others, filled Raleigh United Methodist Church. Some were ready to hire on the spot, while others were looking for qualified future employees.

The key? Organizers suggest being prepared and not giving up.

"People are coming in with resumes now, where, before they had no idea how to get a job and companies have jobs," said job fair organizer Rita Jones.

Kevin Mosby says he has been to six job fairs in the past three months.

"I'm a military vet, and I have that drive it takes, and somebody will see that, and I will keep putting out my resume until I get that good call," said Mosby.

Job fair organizers say face-to-face contact gives you a leg up on getting hired.

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