Hundreds look for employment at job fair

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A lot of people looking for jobs, and Saturday hundreds came out to the Arthur Ashe Center with the hopes of finding one.

The good news is there were dozens of companies looking to hire people that showed up.

The bad news is, there were plenty of people there looking to fill one of these job openings.

Hundreds of people stood in line at the job fair hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Comcast.

Denise Travillion is one of many people that showed up looking to find a job. She's currently working as a summer school teacher but she'll be out of a job come this fall.

"I came out here to see what's out there, what's available," Travillion said.  "I saw an advertisement on TV something about teaching, a teaching position. I wanted to see if that was something I could get into."

She says she's been a substitute teacher here and there for the last several years, but she's hasn't been able to land a steady job for nearly four years.

"The economy is tight across the board," she said.  "It's hard times for everyone."

If you talk to employers here, they say there are still a lot of people with a wide range of backgrounds all still looking for a job.

Selina Duff spent her Saturday interviewing potential candidates. She works for a legal services company called Smart Solution. She says she's seen the whole gamut of job seekers.

"We're talking about people with degrees," Duff said.  "We're talking about people that don't have degrees but are looking to transition from a trade to something more corporate-like so it's quite a blend."

On the plus side, there's some optimism that's been missing in recent years. Job seekers say the market may not be great, but it's getting better.

"Things are looking up," Travillion said.  "They'll continue to look up so just go out there. Don't be afraid to try, put your best foot forward, smile, and it'll work for you. It'll happen. It's happening for me. I know it is."

Organizers say roughly 10,000 people come each year for this job fair.  The fair also had health screenings and voter registration tables.

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