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09/20/05 - Lufkin

Hundreds Of Evacuees Go To Lufkin Job Fair

by Ramonica R. Jones

Most job fairs take months to pull off, but Tuesday's fair in Lufkin took only nine days to set up. Organizers were surprised by the turnout, but not completely caught off guard.

Jim Wehmeier, economic development director, said, "I think it's a good testament to the community, not only people that are helping run the job fair, but honest hard-working people that are out looking for opportunities and wanting to stay here in the area."

The potential employees were a mixture of hurricane evacuees and long-time Angelina County residents, but they all had one goal in mind - to find a job. The positions they applied for were as diverse as their stories.

Rosemary Adkins is disabled, homeless, and doesn't even have an ID card.

"I'm just really hoping and praying I can get some kind of money," said Adkins. "I'm receiving an SSI check right now and I'm trying to get off of it to get a job."

From medical and housing to telemarketing and customer service, employers from all over the area were looking for just the right candidate to add to their staff.

Elisabeth Stapleton, ETI employment coordinator, said, "We're looking for people who have tons of personality and that can talk to all different types of people. We are also trying to fill our professional sales position in Nacogdoches and we're looking for people that have prior sales experience dealing with business professionals."

The job fair only lasted a few hours, but city leaders know helping new East Texans rebuild their lives will be an ongoing process.

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