Ft. Rucker hosts job fair with Ala. Department of Labor

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Hundreds flooded the campus of Northview High School Thursday morning.

As the Fort Rucker job fair brought the opportunity for more than 5,700 jobs and 170 employers, as well as helping those looking for a job, the chance to improve their resumes.

Alabama Secretary of Labor, Fitzgerald Washington says typically those attending a job fair are in different situations.

He tells us, "There are people who are unemployed right now looking to move into a new role. There are also people who are underemployed, who are in a job right now looking for an upgrade to that perfect match. "

The job fair caught the interest of people from across the Wiregrass.

Deon Lee from DeFuniak Springs, Fla. has had a difficult time landing that first job after graduating college.
"I've been out of school for two years, I graduated from Troy with my Social Sciences degree. As far as a job goes, I'm looking for something that can help myself and help me tune my skills in life in order to be a great individual for myself and as well as for others."

Jessica Smith, despite only having a G.E.D. has hopes of breaking through from underemployment to a fulfilling career, and she isn't letting a couple of setbacks stop her.
"It's been a struggle, but I'm hanging in there, and it is important to hang in there if you want to find that job, because if you don't the opportunity is going to close."

Or in Arnell Udani's case after more than 20 years of service, most recently at Camp Shelby in Mississippi, he's thinking about life after the army.

Udani says, "In the military, whether you're in two years, four years, 23 years, you have to keep your options open, and that's what I'm doing, I'm keeping my options open to see where I can best fit in."

If you couldn't make it to Northview High School Thursday, you can take your resume to the Alabama Career Center on Ross Clark Circle.