Regional job seekers find opportunities at employment fair

Stacie Randolph

Air Force veteran Stacie Randolph, right, thanks Kelly Services representative Kim Smith for accepting her resume during the Veterans Job Fair.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 06:49 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Stacie Randolph, Jon Yates, Tech. Sgt. Rollin Rathburn, J.R. Reid and Jeffrey Moore are among hundreds of jobseekers whose chances of new employment rose Wednesday morning.

By the end of the Veterans Job Fair at the Crestview Community Center, nearly 400 regional residents — many clutching folders packed with resumes — had visited 35 area employers’ booths.

The fair, sponsored by JobsPlus and the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, was open to any resident, though an additional 20 booths were staffed by organizations offering services specific to military members and their families.

Attendees represented a cross section of the military and civilian community. Randolph and Yates are Air Force veterans. Rathburn will retire from the Air Force in September.

Reid is a former Marine’s eldest son, and Moore, who has no military affiliation, was looking for a better job to support his young family. He is expecting his first child in September.

"I'm waiting to hear from a couple businesses I talked to," Moore said after speaking to recruiters from Lowe's and Winn-Dixie. "I like trying something new. I like to challenge myself."

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