HANNIBAL, Mo. -- About 200 people visited with about 50 prospective employers Thursday at the Hannibal Job Fair at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
Both employers and applicants stressed that the event was beneficial because it gave everyone a chance to meet face to face and talk in person.
"It's always great to be able to put a face to an applicant and tell them what you're about," said Brenda Fawks, human resources manager at Hannibal Carbide Tool. "And it's also great to put a face to an employer."
Darian Uhlmeyer, driver recruiter and manager at Witte Bros., said he and his company try to do as many job fairs as possible because of those interactions.
The job fair started at 11 a.m. and lasted four hours. People who were looking for a job or better employment showed employers their resumes and completed applications. In addition, resources for veterans were available.
"Today has been great. Having so many employers in one place is a rare opportunity," said Kim Cull, Missouri Job Center workforce development supervisor. "Shortly after opening our doors, we had about 80 job seekers registered."
The event was hosted by the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Job Center. Cull said that in the weeks leading up to the job fair, many stopped by the Job Center for help with resumes and interview skills.
Also at the job fair, applicants learned how to complete the National Career Readiness Certificate to improve their chances of being hired.
"This free certificate is an excellent way to set yourself apart," said Shari Schenewerk, North Missouri workforce coordinator for the Job Center. "It demonstrates that you have the essential skills for the workplace, it demonstrates you're a quality worker, and from a business perspective, it reduces the risk of hiring you because it shows you're trainable. A lot of businesses in this area use this certificate (for evaluations), and we've signed up several people today to get the certificate."
Many job applicants had their fingers crossed for a call back.
"This has been a good experience for me, and it's been great to talk to all of the employers," job seeker Scott Cain said. "I wanted to come to this event due to the high number of employers here, and hopefully I soon have a job."
Tabaika Robinson agreed.
"I've probably been to this event a total of three times over the years, and this year in particular has been great because of how many employers are here," she said. "I'm feeling good about everything after today."