SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - Looking for a job? You need to be in Southaven on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at the DeSoto Civic Center. More than 50 companies are begging for job seekers, something almost unheard of these days.
"There are jobs around," says Adam Todd, with the Governor's Job Fair Network. "One thing I have noticed is when someone's looking for work, you don't necessarily know where the jobs are."
On Tuesday, hundreds of opportunities will be available at the DeSoto Civic Center. The venue will be filled with dozens of companies taking part in the state-sponsored Governor's Job Fair Network.
"We seek out the employers who are hiring, and who will have immediate openings following our job fairs," says Todd.
All kinds of companies are setting up, from FedEx to local car dealers, banks and retailers.
"There's just a very wide range of job opportunities," Todd tells abc24.com.
"I'm looking for something like more of a career instead of a temporary job," says Cordarryl Hubbard.
Hubbard will be at the event. He moved to Northern Mississippi a year ago for temporary work. Now he wants to stay and find something full-time.
"It's stressful at times," he says. " As you get older, there's less and less for you to do, for you to support your family. But you've got to continue to fight."
The job fair's not just a meet and greet. People should come with a resume in hand, ready to interview.
"Look sharp," says Todd. "And be able to distinguish yourself from someone else in the crowd. Take the time to sell yourself with that person sitting on the other side of the table in that booth."
"Smile, bring your 'A' game," says Hubbard.
They're expecting thousands to show up, and even better, most who do are expected to get job offers. Last year, more than 2,500 people came out, and more than 1,000 were offered positions.
"Very sound economic development is happening right here," says Todd. "That is something I feel DeSoto County can hang its' hat on."
The Southaven job fair starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m.