Hundreds of people showed up at the Sherman Municipal Building Thursday hoping to find a job. And Sherman Economic Development Corp. Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion Stacey Jones said a number of them likely had those hopes fulfilled.
“We were originally hoping to have 500 people,” Jones said, explaining by late afternoon she had adjusted that number down to 300 and thought that projection could probably be reached.
She said eight companies showed to meet with employment candidates.
“Most of these are inbound and outbound customer service centers and medical building (positions),” she said.
There were more than 200 jobs available Thursday and the organizers were hoping to have them all filled quickly.
Jones said the great thing about this particular job is that the jobs are all local and people didn’t have to drive a long way to apply for them.
“That’s one of our goals, to bring people back and have opportunities to work in Sherman and Denison, where they live,” she said.
Jones said two previous job fairs, one in Sherman and one in Denison, gave organizers hope that this one would be well received. Those previous fairs were for manufacturing jobs.
Human Resource Manager with Sign Warehouse ReGina Nation said the company was looking for sales professionals and tech support professionals, as well as graphic artists.
“Also customer service in our warehouse,” she said. “We are experiencing a lot of growth in that area this year so we are looking to add on positions. She said they were looking for up to 15 people immediately.
One of the people who arrived looking for a job Thursday was Christina Cruz who was looking for any job that would pay the bills. Cruz said she is a welder and a drafter, “but I can pretty much do anything.” Cruz said when she found out the job fair was primarily for customer service, she wasn’t really worried.
“I have a lot of experience in customer service,” she said.
Cruz also said right now she and her husband are both looking for work, so the job fair made that hunt easier for them.
Jones said SEDCO worked with the Denison Development Alliance and Workforce Solutions Texoma to get the fair together. She said they are planning another job fair in the spring.