Hundreds turn out for Eyewitness News Job Fair

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Eyewitness News hosted their 7th Annual Job Fair on Thursday — and it was a success.

The fair united more than 800 job seekers with at least 100 employers.

At the first job fair more than 3,000 people turned out and the declining numbers this year could suggest that the unemployment rate — which has declined — is making an impact.

Samantha Fazenbaker of Viridian Energy said her company was ready to network with unemployed Rhode Islanders and that the fair was “fabulous.”

“We’re pretty much looking for people who want something different, not your regular 9 to 5 job,” she said.

Crowne Plaza was buzzing on Thursday with opportunities for everyone — from direct sales and customer service to financial services and real estate.

“We’re looking for sales positions for people to rent apartments, we’re also looking for maintenance technicians,” Shannon Wylie of Picerne Real Estate said.

The face to face interaction is a great alternative for employers and job applicants who are hoping to find a match.

Companies told Eyewitness News that the attendance rates were exciting and that each year, applicants seem to be more prepared.

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