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Job fair offers options

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Plains Regional Medical Center’s Connie Vinson speaks with Donald Jones of Clovis Wednesday afternoon during the Eastern New Mexico Fall Job Fair at the Greyhound Arena. The job fair featured 38 businesses looking for potential employees.

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For recent Idaho transplant Senovia Garcia, Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico fall job fair at was just what she was looking for.

The fair, which is organized by the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, and the Curry County Chamber of Commerce, had options for every kind of job candidate in the area.

Garcia said she was looking for a job in education or social work and managed to find potential job options that fit her needs.

“I liked how much information each booth had,” Garcia said.

She said she had a great experience with the job fair and will be dropping off her resume to potential employers she met through the fair today.

“It has been awesome, they had a bit of everything. I think it’s important to have it (the job fair) in this area,” Garcia said.

The fair at Greyhound Arena featured 38 businesses from Portales, Clovis, Roswell and Alamogordo, according to EPCOG Economic and Community Development Planner Raymond Mondragon.

Major employers such as Plateau Wireless, Allsup’s and Southwest Cheese were present for the fair, with technical- and skills-based jobs.

Mondragon said the fall job fair was the first time ENMU has hosted the event. He said he was impressed with the experience the university provided for employers and guests.

Mondragon credited Cannon Air Force Base for making the event a success by providing employment opportunities and manning the sign-in stations at the job fair entrances.

Capt. Jesse Calland said he enjoyed working the job fair and liked how excited the participating businesses were.

“It consolidates the job opportunities in the area for everyone and makes looking for jobs easier,” said Calland.

Connie Vinson of Presbyterian’s Plains Regional Medical Center said the fair went smoothly and provided businesses with an opportunity to gauge the employment needs in the area.

“I really enjoyed talking with people and getting a feel for what people are looking for,” Vinson said.

Vinson said she had several people look into jobs at the medical center and even friends and family gathering job information for potential employees who were unable to make it to the fair.

“It has been really great. We have been able to talk to so many people,” Vinson said.