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Career fairs important in time of online applications

Career seeker and Employer conversing at a career fair in Troy-Dothan
Career seeker and Employer conversing at a career fair in Troy-Dothan(WTVY News 4)
Published: Feb. 12, 2020 at 5:44 PM CST
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In a world full of online applications, Troy University-Dothan had a job fair for students, graduates, and the public today.

Job seekers met face-to-face with their next potential employer.

Most of us have applied for a job online and never gotten an interview or even call back.

The face-to-face conversation with a potential employer can leave a lasting impression.

"I like face-to-face talking with people and there's something about just the relationships you can build that way," Troy-Dothan Student Evie Eddins said.

The face-to-face meeting is not just beneficial for career seekers.

"We have recruiting goals and that's why we come out to events like this to try and interact with the public and meet those goals and fill those positions," ALEA Senior Trooper Jeremy Burkett.

Meeting with job candidates also gives employers the chance to tell them about other opportunities aside from what's known about them.

"We have other positions that are available as well communications our driver's license examiner so we come to events like this and we're actually able to reach out to people and fill those positions as well," Burkett said.

Eddins is one of the career seekers learning about opportunities she never would have known about had it not been for the career fair.

"It was a good experience and I got to network with people and I was really surprised with how big this thing is there's quite a few folks out here," Eddins said.

Troy University's Troy campus will have department career fairs coming up later this spring.

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