Job Searching Process Made a Little Easier for Some Region 8 High School Students

MARCH 28, 2006 -- POSTED AT 9:30 P.M. CST

JONESEBORO, AR -- When most students start looking for jobs, they don't think a job fair is the right place to start, but Jonesboro High School students thought a little differently Tuesday night with over 100 students coming out for their high school's first ever student job fair.

“It is important forJonesboro High School students because everyone is going to need a job eventually and it a great place to start looking for one. We are so proud of our JHS graduates and all they can do, and we want them to see what opportunities are available for them in Northeast Arkansas,” says J.J. Purnell, ASU Intern at Jonesboro High School who planned event. 

A total of 42 businesses from food services, technical and vocational schools, finance, healthcare, and manufacturing plants all made the visit and students admitted they were a little surprised at the big turnout.

"I thought it was just going to be restaurants and stuff like that, but it's getting you ready for the future," says Brittni Mathes, Jonesboro High School Student.

Some students saw tonight as an important opportunity for a sneak peak at the workforce before college.

"It's real important because a lot of people don't know what to do, and when they come here they get a general idea of what they want to do when they go to college," says Mathes.

The students were hoping to find a job, but it's the employers who realize just how important job fairs can be to their recruitment process.

"This is the workforce of tomorrow. Just like everyone else tonight, we're in need of young workers, now and in the future. Some of these students will graduate high school and go to college, and we'll have a need for those students then. Some of these kids won't go to college, and we have a need for them now," says Todd McClung, Hytrol Conveyor Company.

Students looking for a job might be excited, but a little apprehensive and the job fair gave them an opportunity for those jobs to come to them.