By Vanessa Kahin
CNJ staff writer
Curry County is among the state leaders in lowest unemployment rate. Set to ensure this remains so, several companies and organizations have joined forces to help the jobless become part of the local workforce.
Organizers behind a job fair scheduled for April 29 at the Clovis Civic Center hope to deliver a comprehensive event that will introduce potential employers to skilled workers.
According to a press release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, the job fair is a collaboration of the Regional Growth Management Office and the P-4, or the Public-Private Private-Public, Partnership.
The P-4 Partnership is comprised in part by the city of Clovis, the city of Portales, Roosevelt County and Curry County entities and Cannon Air Force Base. As such, job fair organizers have paid close attention to the special needs of the Clovis community — including its high number of military members and families — focusing on helping military spouses and dependents, veterans, students and military and civilian retirees.
In order to boost the job-seeking success of fair attendees, Clovis Community College Career Services and the Department of Workforce Solutions will host a pre- job fair training event on April 24. This free program will dispense information on improving one’s resume, job interviewing skills and how to dress for success.
Aside from job seekers, fair organizers are also in search of employers that are ready to hire. Employers may become part of the job fair by submitting a registration form and a $35 booth rental fee.
Deadline to get a booth is April 21.
The event is also in need of sponsors who may help with as little or as much as they can.
Ray Mondragon, with Eastern Plains Council of Governments, said a previous job fair had people who were interviewed, and hired, on the spot.
That job fair, which took place February 2013, attracted 167 job seekers despite a heavy snowstorm a few days before, Mondragon said. Due to the success of that job fair, he said the city of Clovis suggested a similar event.
Mondragon said Curry County boasts a 5.5 percent unemployment rate — lower than the state, which is at a 6.6 percent rate. Curry County has one of the state’s lowest rates of unemployment.
“Clovis is very lucky,” Mondragon said, commending the area’s employers.
“We all have to work together to make this region a great place to live,” he said.
What: Spring Job Fair
When: 3 p.m.-7 p.m., April 29
Where: Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd.
Information: To reserve a booth at $35, call EPCOG at 762-7714 by April 21. General inquiries can be made to the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 763-3435.
Job fair preparation event:
When: From 1 p.m.-4 p.m., April 24.
Where: Clovis Community College room 101
Information: To attend this free event, RSVP by 5 p.m. April 22 to 769-4085.