• October 25, 2014

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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:14 pm

Groups between three and five people crowded around the Windsor Foods booth Wednesday at the Killeen Daily Herald Job Fair.

More than 400 people work at the Lampasas food manufacturing plant, and there are always positions available, said Angela Gendara, a human resources generalist for the company.

Attending job fairs is an opportunity for the company to find qualified employees.

“What I am really focusing on is production and maintenance, but we do have positions in all our departments,” Gendara said to people as they approached her booth.

Wednesday’s event also provided opportunities for more than 700 job seekers.

“It is more convenient because everything is right here,” said Migel Joyce of Killeen.

He said he has been searching for a logistics job for about a month. Before attending the job fair, Joyce was driving around town, making phone calls and searching the Internet for possible employment.

After Wednesday, Joyce had several more substantial leads, he said.

Windsor Foods and the Travis County Sheriff’s Department, which were among the more than 45 employers and schools, received more than 50 applications.

Joseph Zahn, a Travis County SWAT team member, said the county is looking for counselors and nurses. “They are hard to come by.”

The department has hired several Killeen-area residents and often hires former military personnel, Zahn said. Attending the Herald’s job fair is a good place to meet people looking to enter law enforcement.

Face-to-face interaction is another benefit for employers, Zahn said.

“It allows us to answer a lot more questions, and they get a firsthand experience from people who have worked the job,” Zahn said.

Would-be employees also see face time as a positive thing, Joyce said.

“You do what you can online, but I would rather look at the person and be judged on my character,” he said.

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