Job and Resource Fair set in Charleston

SOUTH CHARLESTON — West Virginia job seekers will have an opportunity to connect with many potential employers in one location.

More than 100 confirmed companies are participating in today’s South Charleston Regional Job and Resource Fair. The event will take place at Toyota Hall at BridgeValley Community and Technical College at no cost to participants. The Office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is the headline presenter of the event.

“We have done about 25 of these (job fairs) across the state of West Virginia and they’ve been extremely successful,” said Manchin. “We’ve had thousands of people come through and many have gotten good jobs. Everyone knows the importance of a good job for the economy. We are happy to be able to help connect the dots.”

Manchin described the job fair as a one-stop shop.

“Some people may be fearful or being rejected, because they don’t have job skills or don’t know how to fill out a resume,” said Manchin. “But we will have people there to help you get the jobs you want.”

The job fair may be just as important to the employers, Manchin said, “There are thousands of vacancies.”

“The economy is turning around in West Virginia and the United States,” Manchin said. “It’s getting better. If we have a skilled workforce, I can attract business (to locate in West Virginia). The downturn we had in coal had a rippling effect on everything we do in West Virginia, but things have stabilized and I think people have more hope.”

Participating companies range from state and local government agencies, retail stores, unions, nonprofits and higher education, among others.

Partnering with Manchin’s Office are WorkForce WV, BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Region III Workforce Investment Board, South Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Area Alliance, Kanawha County Commission, Marshall University, University of Charleston, West Virginia State University, Mountwest Community & Technical College and the West Virginia Press Association.

Similar job fairs are also planned for Wheeling on March 13, Beckley on March 23, Bluefield on April 5, Keyser on April 13, Romney on May 1 and Martinsburg on Sept. 26.