Big Bend CC job fair draws prospective employers, employees

By Cheryl Schweizer, Columbia Basin Herald

Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Brayan Sandoval, right, and Joseph Sanchez, both of Othello, fill out applications during the Job and Career Fair at Big Bend Community College.

MOSES LAKE — More than 100 businesses, agencies, colleges, training schools and other organizations handed out employment information, training criteria and job applications at the annual Job and Career Fair at Big Bend Community College on Thursday.

Exhibitors included health care organizations, manufacturers, food processors, law enforcement agencies, military recruiters, and companies looking for seasonal workers.

Representatives of Fielding Law Group were recruiting for a number of jobs, and director of operations Amran Allen said experience wasn’t necessarily the prime qualification.

“We’re looking for somebody who’s willing to come in and learn,” he said.

At a time when a lot of communication is online, the idea of a job fair might seem outdated. But it’s not, according to employers and recruiters at BBCC’s job fair.

Randy Curry, representing IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 191, was looking for people interested in becoming electricians. He said face-to-face communication can teach him more about some prospective applicants than he could learn online. “Just having a conversation — technology can sometimes take away from that,” he said.

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