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Hundreds attend county’s largest job fair of the year

November 9, 2018

Veterans and Brownsville residents gathered at the Brownsville Events Center for Cameron County’s largest job fair of the year Thursday where more than 50 employers and over 2,800 job openings were available.

Workforce Solutions Cameron hosted its seventh-annual Hiring Red, White and You job fair as part of a statewide effort organized by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), 28 local Workforce development boards, the Texas Veterans Commission, the Texas Medical Center and Gov. Greg Abbott.

The event aims to connect Texas veterans with employers that value discipline, experience and other noteworthy qualities that are inherent in a military background.

Although veterans remain the fair’s main focus, the event was open to public.

Henry Castillo, regional director for Workforce Solutions Cameron, said he is happy on the turnout during the job fair, which saw about 300 attendees during its first hour.

Castillo said the event provides all kinds of opportunities for attendees.

“We also provide resources for individuals that maybe don’t have résumés or need to complete applications,” he said. “We have a computer station. We have laptops that they can access for free and fill out applications. We have printers and copiers for them. All free of charge.”

The fair also offered a coaching station for individuals who may want extra helps or tips on presenting themselves.

Marc Cheramie, an Army veteran, attended the job fair and said he is searching for an opportunity to advance in the workforce.

“I want to better myself and look for a better position than I am right now,” Cheramie said. “I’m a massage therapist at a spa. I’m looking for something in the medical field. I’m hoping to get exposure to different places.”

The veteran said he advises anyone looking for a job or advancement to visit their local Workforce Solutions office and ask for help.

Also attending was Horacio Maldonado, who is a rural veterans career advisor at the Texas Veterans Commission.

Maldonado said the Texas Veterans Commission does everything it can to assist veterans with their education or career needs.

“We’re providing a veteran resource for veterans at the Hiring Red, White and You job fair,” “We have a big crowd of veterans coming in and we’re providing a raffle for them. More importantly, we’re going to give the opportunity for veterans to see what employers are out there and the jobs they are providing for them.”

Among the more than 50 employers in attendance was American Surveillance.

Priscilla Escobedo, a security manager at the company, said American Surveillance is a strong advocate for hiring veterans.

“Twenty five percent of our workforce is veterans, so we partake in any event dealing with veterans and we work very closely with TWC and hiring events,” Escobedo said. “We’re looking to fill 50 plus positions in the Valley. We’ve seen a tremendous number of interested applicants who are willing to work.”

For more information, visit the Workforce Solutions Cameron website at www.wfscameron.org .

jsanchez@brownsvilleherald.com

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