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National career fair draws large crowd

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - People are having a tough time finding a job in this economy, and many have been with out a job much longer than they had planned.

Wednesday, several companies were  looking to hire some hard workers. Dozens of people lined up well before doors opened hoping to grab a job opportunity. Faith Clark was laid off six months ago. She's been looking diligently every since.

"It's been challenging," Clark said. "I've had some call backs. They've decided to go with someone else. I'm just staying positive believing God will provide me with employment."

Some people have jobs and they're looking for different ones. Others, like Stan Stanfield, are trying to switch careers. He's been in real-estate for more than 20 years, and he knows how bad the economy is right now.

"The real-estate economy is terrible right now and it doesn't look like it's going to get any better," said Stanfield. "I'm looking for other opportunities."

People like Stanfield got to meet dozens of employers who are hiring. Some of the companies include AT&T, Mattress Discounters, Diamond Resorts, and Nationwide Insurance.

"It's a great opportunity to have a visual, look at their speaking skills, and be able to address some questions more personally face to face as opposed to over the phone," said Nationwide Insurance Sales Recruiter, Abbie Monterio.

Clark enjoys the face to face communication since it's hard to make herself standout against the large number of people submitting their resumes.

 "I have something to offer," Clark added. "People don't want to work with someone who isn't pleasant. I have that characteristic."

That's what many employers say they're looking for. Even though Virginia's unemployment rate dropped from a little over six percent in December to just below that in January, it still means many Virginians, just like Clark, need a job. They say they want to prove to employers they're worth the hire.

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