In an effort to connect job seekers with employers, the office of Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M., co-sponsored the third annual “Out of This World” job fair Tuesday, at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.
New Mexico Workforce Connection, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corporation and the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce also co-sponsored the event.
Pearce was unable to attend the fair, but said in a letter that jobs and job growth are his “number one priority” and that it was his intent to have a majority of job vacancies filled by the end of the day.
He also thanked all employers involved. “Through our partnerships, we can continue to combat the battle of unemployment here in southeastern New Mexico,” he said.
Gloria Salas, a representative of Pearce’s Roswell office, said the congressman has hosted and co-sponsored numerous job fairs throughout the state. The Roswell event featured more than 60 organizations in a variety of fields. Salas said job postings also are available online on the congressman’s website, www.pearce.house.gov.
During the event, ENMU-R students also modeled professional looks made with consignment clothing.
“There are ways to dress appropriately without spending too much money,” said Nellie Daniel, employment specialist for Workforce Connection.
The organization offers services to aid in a job hunt, such as help with resumes and interviewing. “We have so much to offer at our office,” Daniel said.
Eric Espinoza, veterans caseworker for Pearce’s Roswell office, said the event aimed to offer opportunities for all job seekers, as well as veterans.
The event featured several organizations related to veterans, such as the ESGR and its Hero 2 Hired program.
“A lot of these guys are returning unemployed. … ESGR makes sure they can come back to a job,” Espinoza said. “They’re a great addition.”
ESGR Roswell Chairman Gary Smith said the free program, available online at www.H2H.jobs, targets guardsmen, reservists and veterans, but is open to anyone.
“It’s another way for a person to look for a job,” he said, noting that the site had more than 4,000 jobs posted for New Mexico, with at least 100 in Roswell.
While most jobs are from bigger companies, Smith encouraged local employers to advertise their openings because “people will look for a job online.”
Diedra Duvall, director of marketing at Domino’s Pizza, said the company prefers online applications, but noted that at the job fair, she had “done better this year than last year in applicants.”
Chris Lucero and Mike Evartz served together overseas last year in the New Mexico National Guard. They came to the fair in search of jobs that favored veterans and they were not disappointed. Not only did they find the fair’s offerings diverse, but also liked the chance for actual interaction.
“Nowadays, everything’s online, nothing’s personal,” Lucero said. “This gives us the opportunity to face employers.”