By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
Susanna Escalante was one of 2,500 people who attended a job fair Wednesday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The Killeen Daily Herald organized the fair.
Escalante was last employed about a month ago.
"I am just looking around for something clerical or administrative, maybe," the Killeen woman said, as she completed a job application.
Many local businesses were among the 97 employers who sent representatives to the event.
King's Daughters Clinic – which has facilities in Temple, Belton and Killeen – attended the job fair for the first time.
"There has been a very good turnout," said Sally Garcia, of King's Daughters Clinic. "I am very impressed with the people coming through and looking."
King's Daughter's Clinic is hiring licensed vocational nurses for its three facilities, but there are openings in the business department as well, Garcia said.
Several emergency response agencies from out of the area, including the Irving Police Department and the Plano Fire Department, attended the fair.
"We come down to this job fair every year," said Kalena Barber, an Irving Police Department officer.
"There is a lot of good interest even though we are in Irving," Barber said. "A lot of people are willing to relocate to the Dallas area."
Around 2 p.m., the Irving Police Department had received 18 applications from Central Texas residents.
"We go to quite a few job fairs all over Texas and some in Oklahoma, then a lot of the military bases out of state," said Barber, nothing that she was going to be in South Carolina next week.
"We always do very well in this area, because of the people getting out of the military that are interested in joining law enforcement."
Tommy Williams, of Killeen, used the job fair to look for new employment opportunities in the Killeen area.
Williams, currently employed, has been looking for a new job for about two months. He was excited about the opportunities he saw at Furniture Row, he said.
Williams said the number of employers attending the job fair surprised him.
"It is bigger than it was the last year I came," Williams said.
The Daily Herald has organized the fair for three years.
Tamika Galmore, Daily Herald recruitment advertising manager, was pleased with the turnout.
"This was the best by far," Galmore said. "It was a great turnout."
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