The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 24, 2013

Enid Job Fair Monday at Convention Hall

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — About 40 area businesses have signed up for the Enid Job Fair 3-7 p.m. Monday at Convention Hall.

“It looks like we have at least 40 employers represented and about 150 job openings,” said Lisa Powell, associate director of Enid Regional Development Alliance.

The job fair is open to anyone, and no pre-registration is required. Autry Technology Center has sponsored job fairs in the past, but has not in recent years, she said. Autry is a partner with ERDA for Monday’s job fair.

“We have hundreds of jobs available in Enid. These are just a fraction of those available. We want to make it as easy as possible to match employers with job seekers,” Powell said.

Job fairs sometimes are the easiest way to raise awareness and provide a venue for employers and employees, she said. ERDA has advertised in southern Kansas and in several communities in Oklahoma, trying to draw prospective employees from the region.

There will be opportunities for people to conduct job interviews at the job fair, and Powell suggested applicants come dressed for the interview and bring a resume. If they do not have a resume, job applications will be available.

“I have no idea what to expect. I would love to have at least 500 show up. I will be sitting on pins and needles to see how many come,” Powell said. “The more the merrier.”

Powell hopes the net is being cast wide enough to reach people in other communities who have not found work. There also may be people in Enid who are unemployed. The job fair will welcome high school graduates who don’t plan to go to college, Autry Tech students and Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Northern Oklahoma College students.

There are large employers and smaller employers who will be represented at the job fair, and Powell said they all have multiple job openings.

“There should be a lot to choose from,” she said. “The sheer number of openings indicates they are having trouble filling jobs.”

Representatives of Autry Tech, NWOSU and NOC also want to talk to people who want to train for specific jobs, or retrain for other jobs. Companies to be represented at the job fair are listed on the ERDA website,

“We’re still taking reservations from companies through Friday,” she said.