Job seekers meet prospective employers at News and Sentinel Job Fair

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Monty Craig, left, and Zane Ullman, right, both of Parkersburg, talk about some of the prospects Ullman was looking at during the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Monty Craig, left, and Zane Ullman, right, both of Parkersburg, talk about some of the prospects Ullman was looking at during the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair.

VIENNA — Companies with positions to fill and people hoping to fill those positions were out Friday at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair in the main ballroom of the Grand Pointe Conference Center.

Mary Jo Miller, coordinator of the job fair, said 15 companies were on hand to accept resumes or provide applications. Some conducted job interviews at the site.

“We had a pretty steady flow today,” Miller said. “In the first hour we had about 125 come through.”

Many positions were available from truck drivers to car sales people to mechanics.

Jason Kurlychck, of Pilot Flying J, said there were promising applicants at the fair Friday. He said the company had been to the fairs in Vienna and Marietta in the past.

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Vienna Lowe’s employee Janelle Cheuvront talks with a person attending The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair Friday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.

Photo by Art Smith Vienna Lowe’s employee Janelle Cheuvront talks with a person attending The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair Friday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.

“We are looking for truck drivers with a class A CDL License,” he said. “In an hour I spoke with eight people, great people. I should get a couple of hires out of this fair. We are actively interviewing and hiring on the spot.”

Vanessa Brigich, CDL driver recruiter for ECM Energy Services, said she and April Tate, a traffic control recruiter, were looking for people to fill driver and traffic control positions for the company.

“We’ve had quite a few on the traffic control side, but I just need to get a few more with CDLs,” Brigich said.

Brigich said they gave out several applications, but only Tate would be doing any interviews at the fair. Brigich said the hiring process for drivers is different.

“I get the applications and send them off to our managers in our four locations,” Brigich said. “At that point they make a decision on who to contact and hire. It’s a little more intense to hire a CDL, especially in an oil field.”

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Shane Bennett of Belpre talks with Wyn Bowden and Ginny Bowden of McClinton Chevrolet.

Photo by Art Smith Shane Bennett of Belpre talks with Wyn Bowden and Ginny Bowden of McClinton Chevrolet.

Mallory Kerr of Universal Pressure Pumping said the company does hydraulic fracturing.

“We are looking for mechanics and equipment operators,” she said.

Kerr said this was their first time at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair.

Kerr said the company was collecting applications at the fair.

Wyn and Ginny Bowden, representing McClinton Chevrolet, said they were taking applications for several positions.

“We’re just an open book, so we are not turning anybody down,” he said. “We’re looking at everybody coming through the door.”

Bowden said after having the prospective applicants fill out applications, they are going to meet with various managers in the dealership and determine who might be a good fit for certain jobs.

“We are always looking for good people in all positions,” he said.

They said this was the first time the company was part of the job fair.

Zane Ullman, of Parkersburg, said he graduated from Parkersburg High School in May and was looking for a full-time job. “Right now I’m looking for full time and maybe go back to part time when I’m going back to college in the spring,” he said. “I’m just trying to find employment right now. I’ve been to about all of them.”

Kim Arnold, of Waverly, said she has worked in the oil and gas industry and was hoping to find a job at the fair.

“I’m looking for something in project managment or office manager type of position,” she said. “There were a couple that are interesting.”

Ryan Cosner, of Parkersburg, said he was looking for a job and decided to see what was available.

‘I’m looking for any job,” he said. “I’ve filled out a few applications.”

His father, Bill, was with him during the fair. He said he wasn’t looking for a job but “I’m not passing up anything that might be a good one for me.”

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