Organizers expect another large turnout at jobs fair today

KINGMAN - Cerbat Lanes begins week two of its 12-week job fair program this morning, with at least eight new employers joining the attendees from last Wednesday's fair.

As with last week, today's fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the bowling alley at 3631 Stockton Hill Road, with free bowling being offered to out-of-work attendees. In addition, numerous local and county assistance agencies will be on hand to explain benefits and help enroll local job-seekers into programs meant to help them.

Last week's inaugural fair drew a final tally of 462 local residents, with the line of prospective workers stretching across the parking lot in the minutes prior to opening. The turnout far exceeded the prediction made by event coordinator Rusty Hanna, who had attended a joint job fair in Lake Havasu City the same day.

"We had about 200 people turn out in Havasu, and that's about what I expected," Hanna said. "At Cerbat, I was thinking 250, 300. It was just amazing."

According to Cerbat's Assistant Manager Yvonne Davis, so far none of the job-seekers from last week's fair have contacted her to let her know they've actually found work.

But Davis is unperturbed, noting that a good number of last week's attendees did manage to secure interviews with local employers and are currently undergoing the requisite background and reference checks.

"Nothing goes quick anymore," she said.

In addition to hosting 18 employers and five assistance agencies this week, Hanna said Cerbat's fairs will also introduce sign-up sheets for free classes on resume-writing, interviewing and other skills related to finding and keeping a job.

"We're getting some very well-respected professionals in the community who have contacted us and said they'd be willing to offer these free classes," he said.

"There were about five classes we came up with to offer."

For more information about the Cerbat Lanes job fair series, call Davis at (928) 692-1818.