Cumberlands Workforce Network is gearing up to help both employers and employees.

They will be holding a job fair that is free to the public on April 21, and they expect 50 to 60 employers of all types to participate.

Shirlene Taylor, business liaison for the Somerset Career Center, said that this is the first year they’ve ever held the job fair on a Saturday, however, some of the businesses participating requested the change. Taylor said that with the job fair being on Saturday, there might be some people who live out of town that want to move to Somerset, who would be able to come and look for a job.

Employers have until April 11 to register and become part of the event that covers 13 counties. This is the third year Cumberlands Workforce Network has partnered with local agencies to sponsor a regional job fair. Last year’s event attracted around 500 applicants. Taylor said that in the past the job fair has been successful with companies doing a lot of hiring.

Taylor said the event is free to employers, as well as those attending. The job fair is usually held in April, as it is the beginning of the hiring period for spring and summer, she added.

“It’s a chance for them (employers) to see employees first hand and for job seekers to check out employers,” said Taylor.

She recommends that those looking for a job bring a resume and be ready to talk to employers.

Also, during that day they will have breakout sessions for job seekers on how to fill out an application, how to interview and how to prepare a resume, along with other important information about trying to get a position with a company. Taylor said on that day they are hoping to have breakout session in the morning and afternoon.

Partners for the event include Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Somerset Community College, Office of Employment and Training, Kentucky Adult Education, Experience Works, Job Corps, and Kentucky Farm Workers.

The Cumberlands Workforce Network job fair will be at The Center for Rural Development from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Taylor at (606) 676-0759 or e-mail her at:

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