The one Pauls Valley hosted event where employment seekers and employers alike hope to find the best match is now only a week away.

Returning yet again to Higher Ground Church on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Garvin County Job Connection, the annual job fair for the region.

Excited to help coordinate it for the first time is PV Chamber of Commerce President Sherri Wing, who pointed out how about 33 employers have signed up so far.

“A majority of these employers are chamber members who have vocalized the need for the right employees and that’s a service I feel I can offer,” said Wing, adding how she is working in cooperation with Workforce Oklahoma. “That’s something I can help initiate.”

Wing had the unique opportunity of being a job seeker at last year’s job fair before eventually becoming the chamber leader. She noticed while there were a lot of booths set up, she thought there was plenty of room for improvement when it came to the variety of those representing companies.

One way Wing is hoping to improve chances of employees matching up with the right employers is two new features to the event, a computer room and an interview room.

The first is a collaboration with Mid America Technology Center, who will be bringing up to 15 laptops for job seekers to use while on site, and the other a quiet area where candidates can step away from the booths.

Wing noted that the computers could be especially helpful for a job seeker if an employer on site needed them to fill out an online application, which will be possible through the church’s Wi-Fi.

One tip, beyond having a resume ready, Wing noted that can’t be stressed enough is being dressed for success. She said at least business casual is the way to go and not doing something like pajamas.

In the end, Wing is hoping for a turnout that is no less than last year’s attendance of about 250 job seekers.

Companies from PV, Wynnewood, Elmore City, Lindsay and outside the county will be a part of those seeking new hires.

“If I can help an employee find a match here that’s even better for our community,” said Wing.

“Be prepared to be interviewed on site. The whole mission is to make this the best event we can make it.”

Employers can still get a booth at the fair up until this Friday, Oct. 3. A door prize will be given to the employer who conducts the most on-site interviews.

For more information, contact the chamber at 405-238-6491

The church is located just west of I-35, Exit 72.

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