The employers are lined up - all 50 of them.
Now, Robbie Morris, executive director of the Randolph County Development Authority, is hoping potential employees have marked their calendars, too.
The RCDA is teaming up with the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, Davis & Elkins College and The Inter-Mountain to host the first Randolph County Job Fair, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the McDonnell Center for Health, Physical Education and Athletics at D&E.
The job fair is an effort to pair employers with possible employees, Morris said.
"Sometimes, a popular perception is that jobs aren't available, but they are," Morris said. "The number of employers we have coming is evidence that Randolph County has many employment opportunities available - great opportunities not only for jobs, but careers."
Health care, tourism, retail, financial services, manufacturing and the energy sector are among the fields that will be seeking new hires Friday.
Some employers will be traveling from as far away as Hot Springs, Va. - The Homestead hotel will be represented - while others planning to be in attendance are familiar names right in many Randolph County residents' backyards, including Davis Health Systems, Elkins Fordland, Par Mar Oil Company and Armstrong Wood Products.
Morris says the assortment of employers is one reason why job seekers shouldn't be afraid to show up.
"The reason it is difficult for people to find employment vary greatly. One of the more common reasons involves matching applicable skill sets to a specific industry," he said. "That is why this job fair is open for all employers from a wide variety of industries. The majority, if not all of the industries located in Randolph County and the surrounding area, will be represented by at least one company."
Support services for job seekers will also be available at the fair. Morris said Woodlands Community Lenders will be available to assist entrepreneurs who may need resources or advice about the logistics of beginning a new business. And the West Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services, which can help obtain training grants that help people develop the skills necessary to land a job, will also be on hand.
"We encourage people to come out and find a job, start a career, better your life in Randolph County," Morris remarked. "If we can get one person a job out of this thing, I consider it a success. If one person can get off unemployment and begin providing support for their family, I consider it a success."
For more information, or to see a more complete list of registered employers, visit www.rcdawv.net. The RCDA may also be reached by telephone at 304-637-0803.
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