Career fair to help alleviate shortages in the lake region

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – Still filling the gaps, the Louisiana Workforce Commission is trying to put more people in touch with jobs after nationwide staff shortages issues.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission has partnered with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and Workforce Development Council to help alleviate some of the shortages that are occurring in the region.

There were around 45 different employers and 500 different job postings available at the job fair.

“It’s just an opportunity for job seekers to go out, network, meet employers and meet other unemployed people in the hope that they will return to work,” said the local coordinator of the American Job Center, Crystal Scott.

Ken Zenon of Gofer Delivery Services has personally experienced the difficulty of trying to get people to the door.

“It was difficult, I think, because we’re just getting started. I don’t know what the hiring challenges are in the region as we don’t have a lot of experience, ”said Ken Zenon, Managing Director of Gofer Delivery Services.

Zenon is currently looking for several people with driving experience.

“We are looking to fill approximately 35 to 45 open positions that will have in the Lake Charles area for delivery specialists,” said Zenon.

Joseph Simien came to the career fair looking for a new opportunity and walked away with some ideas.

“I actually have two jobs. I have two people who will call me back today. I have commissioners, they are looking for more people to come and work for them, then the pride staff say they will call me back too because they have a truck driver position open for me, ”said Joseph Simien .

Simien said there is really something for everyone at the career fair.

“I was really looking to drive trucks. I am also a skilled worker. They have a lot of workstations here. They have lawn services here, they have health care here, they even have counseling sessions here for those who may need a little help staying on a positive path, ”Simien said.

This job fair is a quarterly career fair and the next one is expected to take place sometime after the new year.

In the meantime, to follow the latest job fairs in the region Click here.

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