6th Annual La Feria Job Fair set for Oct. 10

HARLINGEN — More than 20 employers who are ready to hire are signed up for the 6th Annual La Feria Job Fair to be held Oct. 10.

The event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of La Feria, 331 Main St.

“We have all types of jobs,” said Andi Atkinson, job fair coordinator. “Some of them are call center jobs like ACT and Dish Network. And then I have hospitality jobs like Hampton Inn and Suites from Harlingen will be there, Harlingen County Club will be there. I have a couple of tax providers like Jackson Hewitt and Liberty Income Tax.

“But what’s also interesting is I have a number of school districts,” she added. “A number of people don’t realize, even though school started, school districts still need teachers” and other staffers.

Atkinson advises job-seekers to come ready to interview and dress appropriately and bring a resume if they have one.

“The way you should prepare is the way you would prepare for any job interview,” she said. “Dress as best as you can, dress as professionally as you can. Wear pants, trousers with a nice shirt and nice shoes and a belt and tie and a jacket.”

The job fair has partnered with La Feria Area Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Solutions Cameron and American Job Center.

“I recommend they bring a resume,” Atkinson said. “Some people may make an impression on the employer and when they leave that resume, that employer knows how to get hold of them right away.”

Atkinson said job fair partner Workforce Solutions Cameron will provide experts who will help with resumes as well as giving advice on using the computers they will provide.

“The reason we partnered with Workforce Solutions is because they provide the laptops, and they also provide support,” she said. “So someone needs to apply for a job online, which is most employers, if you don’t know how to do it, if you’re confused, someone will be there to help you answer questions and help you submit your application.”

Atkinson said free child care will be available on-site as well as the free resume help. Valley Metro will provide free bus rides to people without access to a personal vehicle.

She said the La Feria job event has spread beyond the town and attracts job-seekers from up and down the Valley.

“I have people who come from Edinburg, I have people who come from Brownsville, they are all looking for work,” she said, “whether it is part-time or temporary, like the U.S. Census Bureau.”

Atkinson said in a small community like La Feria, one without many large employers, job fairs like this help connect people who want to work with companies across the region.

“When you’re interviewing you could technically talk to 20 employers,” she said. “I cannot guarantee you will find a job if you go to the job fair, but if you’re talking to 20 employers that are looking to hire, the odds are in your favor that you’ll find something.”

If you go

WHAT — 6th Annual Job Fair

WHERE — First United Methodist Church of La Feria, 331 Main St.

WHEN — Thursday, Oct. 10, 1-5 p.m.

BRING — Resumes, dress for on-site interviews

AMENITIES — Free child care, free bus rides, resume help, computers available