Dozens of employers filled the halls inside University Place with stands Wednesday, offering hiring information to potential employees as part of the Orange County Fall Job Fair.
Job-seekers toured the tables, exchanging introductions and questions with employers from the region in and around Orange County.
Shanika Williams, Orange County Department of Social Services human services coordinator, helped to bring together companies interested in the job fair.
“We have a wide variety of employers, from Wendy’s and Bojangles' to professional employers. UNC Health Care is here, Manpower is here,” she said.
Lindsey Shewmaker, Orange County Department of Social Services human services manager, said the diversity of employers boded well for aspiring workers, especially if they are unsure which career to pursue.
“These types of events are a really good way for job-seekers to get information about many different sectors,” Shewmaker said.
Williams said the event targets people who are unemployed or underemployed to connect them with businesses at a neutral site where they can gather employment information.
“We feel like we can bridge the gap between those who don’t know where to look and employers that are too busy to seek them out,” Williams said.
As they toured tables for different companies, potential employees exchanged names with hiring managers, helping them along in the application process. William Ballard, a job fair attendee, said he valued the chance the event gave him to network.