Posted: Feb 26, 2013 2:32 PM by Heather Jackson
Updated: Feb 26, 2013 7:20 PM
ROBSTOWN - In a room full of people Tammy Garland is walking around alone. Because for the first time in years, she has to attend a job fair.
"I've just never been unemployed until this point," Tammy Garland, a temporary worker at AEP confesses. Breaking into new ground, she says, is a humbling experience.
"Because you realize that even at 54 you know, you can be looking for a job," Tammy Garland says.
She was knocked off her feet after the recession and today joins people, with or without jobs, at the R.M. Borchard Fairgrounds for the Eagle Ford Shale job fair.
"There is demand. We had customers telling us they had hiring needs here so when we were working our calendar,developing our calendar for the oil and gas division we saw we need to do three events in Corpus Christi," John Casi shares.
John Casi is the marketing director for the company running today's job fair. There are about 13 companies taking part.
For Atlas Tubular, they are ready for people to put on their hard hats and get down and dirty. They have up to seven to ten openings and they hope that this job fair will fill them up.
"We cannot hire people fast enough. Our business is just exploding right now," Danae Fox says.
Danae Fox is the human relations director for the pipeline company and says in the next two weeks their openings should double, thanks to Eagle Ford shale development projects.
The big boom has local businesses hunting for people like Tammy
"I have a lot of experience to offer and I know they have a lot of work available and I hope to be a good fit for one of them," Tammy Garland says.
"They are in control of their own future when it comes to their career so they have to be able to want to work and want to work hard. So if they are dedicated we want to bring them on board," says Danae Fox, HR director Atlas Tubular.
Here's a heads up on another local job fair. On April 25th, the Corpus Christi Human Resources Management Association will host their own job fair at the Sunrise Mall from 9:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
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