Meridian Star

October 25, 2012

Getting back to work

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The parking lot at the WIN Job Center on Highway 19 North in Meridian has been packed all week and Wednesday was no exception.

    The line of people representing the area's potential work force snaked outside the front door. It was the third day of the five-day Holiday Season Job Fair at the center and Mississippi Department of Employment Security and business representatives were excited by the turnout.

    "The response by both the businesses and the public has been great," said Nellie Satcher, branch director for the Meridian WIN Job Center. "We have been pulling in potential employees from 50 miles away so this has been successful. We look for the rest of the week to be the same."

    Satcher said the Meridian WIN Job Center reached out and contacted as many businesses as possible to utilize the center's free services. It is an opportunity for those seeking jobs to meet with employers and find out more about the companies and jobs available.

    "We have arranged for a wide variety of employers to be here," Satcher said. "There will be different employers here each day so there is a big choice."

    The lead up to the holiday season is always a busy time for employers as they are actively seeking extra help. Satcher said the jobs range from construction to nursing to retail and employers are not only looking for seasonal, part-time help but also long term employees as well.

    Kathy Null, with N.E.W. Customer Service Company located on Highway 45, says the fair has gone very well and that for the first three days she has seen on average 75 people a day who are interested in working for the company.

    "More businesses should take advantage of these kinds of opportunities because job fairs bring in people who want a job, otherwise they wouldn't be here," Null said. "We are creating a pool of potential employees and we are always looking to hire good, hard working people."

    Null says the job opportunities are at the WIN Job Center and people should take advantage of their services. One person who hopes to get a job soon is Ciera Fortner of Lauderdale.

    "I'd like a job where it is cool and it is inside," says Fortner, as she waits in line with a couple of friends. "I know what I don't want and that is in the restaurant business."

    "These are real opportunities for people to find jobs," Satcher said.

    The job fair continues today and goes through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The WIN Job Center is located at 2000 Highway 19 North.