Local job fair goes smoothly for employers, perspective employees

By Paige Nash

The Greater Minden Chamber of Commerce partnered with Northwest Technical Community College, the City of Minden and Louisiana Workforce Commission to host the 2022 Job Fair and Career Expo this past Thursday, October 20.  

“We had almost 40 employers present from a wide range of industries,” said GMC President Stephanie Barnette. 

Potential employees came out to see what the job fair and career expo had to offer, fill out applications and participate in some on the spot interviews. 

“There was a steady flow of job seekers throughout the entire event. Interviews were taking place on the spot, and our employers left with a good pool of applicants to sort through. I don’t think it could have gone any better,” said Barnette. 

Employers had booths set up with job information, applications and a variety of promotional material. Some were local companies including the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, Fibrebond, McInnis Brothers Construction, Dixie Overland Construction and Minden Medical Center to name a few.  

The City of Minden was also present eager to fill the 21 open positions they currently have ranging from City Clerk, Economic Development Director, Director of Parks and Recreation, custodians, police officers, dispatchers, linemen and laborers. 

April Aguilar, Human Resources Manager for the city was present and she said, ““I believe there were many great job opportunities with the 35 employers represented at the Fall 2022 NLTCC Job Fair. Although the turnout was lower than expected, we have received a few applications for employment.” 

Numerous other employers traveled from neighboring cities and parishes, including Claiborne Memorial Medical Center, Springhill Medical Center, Shreveport Police Department, Margaritaville Resort and Casino in Bossier City, and many others.