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Unemployed get face time with local employers

By Emily Allen, Multimedia Journalist /Target 13 Investigator , emily.allen@krdo.com
Published On: Apr 18 2013 03:39:35 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2013 07:24:01 PM CDT

More than 1,000 unemployed people handed their resumes to local employers at a job fair on Thursday.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

More than 1,000 unemployed people handed their resumes to local employers at a job fair Thursday.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center hosted the job fair at the Double Tree Hotel on Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard. Almost 1,500 people pre-registered for the event.  It set the record for the organization for highest number of people to pre-register for a job fair. By noon, almost 1,000 people had walked through the door.

The event ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The job fair was open exclusively to veterans from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Seventy-seven employers packed inside a ballroom at the DoubleTree. Every employer at the fair had job openings immediately. More than 1,000 jobs were up for grabs.

Job seeker Michael C. Williams was overwhelmed by the number of people looking for a job. He was looking for a steady job for several years. He said he's worked everywhere -- from retail stores to Colorado Springs's airport.

"I've had a lot of doors slammed in my face because of qualifications," said Williams. "At age 34, I'm actually getting something I never got in my 20s, I basically have people telling me I'm over-qualified for work."

He hoped the job fair would help him get further along in the interview process with employers he's already applied to online.

Employers at the job fair offered a range of positions to cater to all skill levels. Positions were available for people with high school diplomas to jobs that required PhD's.

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