Need a job? Check out this event

News-DemocratAugust 31, 2013 

The 23rd annual Jobs Plus '13 event will be held Sept. 26 in Collinsville.

The job fair, sponsored in part by the Madison County Employment and Training Department, will be held from 1 p.m. from 5 p.m. at the Gateway Convention Center. The job fair is open and free to the public. More than 50 companies and sponsors participated in the event last year seeking new employees and nearly 1,400 job seekers attended.

Employers can register to participate in the job fair by calling 296-4445 or visiting The registration fee for for-profit employers is $100. Employers will be provided an 8-foot table, chairs, signage, electrical hook-ups, free advertising and a free lunch. Nonprofit employers may register for free.

Professional workshops for job seekers also will be offered at the job fair including "Job Fair 411" plus a variety of other career workshop topics. There will also be on site copying services and free interpretation services for the hearing impaired and the Spanish speaking population.

"The Jobs Plus event has grown in scope and services over the many years we have been sponsoring the event," said David Stoecklin, executive director for Madison County Employment and Training. "Hundreds of employers have seen thousands of job seekers, which has put hundreds of our attendees to work with local businesses. In addition, we have been able to provide workshops to both businesses and employees that help them better find the employment match they want."

The metro-east job fair has been held each year since 1991. Each year 1,000-2,000 job seekers attend and companies from all over the surrounding area participate, hoping to find qualified employees.

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