CN hosts job fair at MidAmerica Expo Center
Cherokee Nation citizen Katie Snell speaks with a Northeast Technology Center representative during the Oct. 28 job fair at the MidAmerican Expo Center in Pryor, Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation’s Career Services helped host the event. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PRYOR, Okla. – In a joint effort to bring jobs to people who are looking for employment, Cherokee Nation Career Services, MidAmerica Industrial Park and Pryor Workforce Center hosted a job fair on Oct. 28 at the MidAmerica Expo Center.
“Whenever we partner up with different organizations like the Pryor Workforce Center and the MidAmerica Industrial Park we know that we’re combining all of our resources, all of our connections with the different businesses and bringing them all together, which is going to help employees get jobs,” Hunter Palmer, CN Career Services job fair coordinator, said.
More than 200 people attended the fair to see what jobs the 20 vendors that attended had available.
“We want to increase the odds of people getting jobs, so if we have more businesses it’s going to increase the chance of someone getting a job,” Palmer said. “Our mission for the Career Services department is to help people get jobs, and any time we have the opportunity to have job fairs (it) is going to maximize the probability of them getting jobs. Whenever you go visit employers you never know who is hiring and who is not hiring, but whenever you go to a job fair, you know they’re there because they have positions available.”
Palmer said Career Services tries to host more than two job fairs a month and have hosted nearly 20 this year.
Some vendors included Arby’s, Macy’s, Cherokee Nation Entertainment, RAE Corp., Home for Hope, Northeast Technology Center, Talking Leaves Job Corps, Red Devil, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Cherokee Career Connections and G4S.
“There are a variety of businesses here anywhere from manufacturing, health care and food service,” Tonya Backward, Industrial Park workforce development coordinator, said. “Just about anything you could possibly think of anywhere from entry-level positions all the way up to upper management.”
Backward said one benefit for the applicants is that they have an opportunity to speak personally to somebody who may have hiring authority.
CN citizen Katie Snell, of Salina, said the fair was a good way for her to see what jobs were available in the area.
“It was pretty detailed,” she said. “Everyone explained things pretty well about their companies. I think it offers a lot of opportunities to see what’s available around your area.”
ᎧᏩᏲᎢ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᏚᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏚᏂᏲᎲᎢ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗᎢ, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏲᎯ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ, MidAmerica Industrial Park ᎠᎴ ᎧᏩᏲᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᏱᏍᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸᎢ ᏚᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏧᏂᎸᏣᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏧᏂᏲᎯ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏥᎨᏒ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ 28 ᎥᎿᎾᏂ MidAmerica Expo Center.
“ᎢᎸᎯᏳᏃ ᏱᏙᎦᎵᎪᎿ ᏂᏚᏓᎴᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎧᏩᏲᎢ WorkForce Center ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ MidAmerica Industrial Park ᎣᎦᏂᏙᏃ ᏌᏉᎢ ᏃᏨᏁᎲᎢ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᎦᏲᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᏂᎦᏓ ᏦᏣᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏄᎾᏓᎴᎢ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏌᏉ ᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎭ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏓᏳᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎢᎸᏂᏢᎢ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ,” Hunter Palmaer, CN ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏲᎯ ᏗᏂᏍᎵᏍᎩ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ.
200 ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏗ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏁᏙᎸᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᏗᎢ ᎢᏧᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎬᎦᏳᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 20 ᎢᏳᏂᏨᎢ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᎨᎦᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ.
“ᎣᎦᏚᎵᏃ ᎣᎩᏁᏉᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᏧᏂᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎢᎸᏂᏢᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ, ᎢᏳᏃ ᎤᎪᏗ ᏱᏚᏙᏢᎭ ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏓᎧᏁᏉᎢᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Palmer. “ᏄᏍᏛᏃ ᏙᎫᎪᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏲᎯ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎢᎸᏂᏢᎢ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎸᎯᏳ ᏳᏙᏢᎾ ᎤᏍᏆᏟᏗᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗ ᏧᏂᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ (ᎾᏍᎩ) ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᏛᎦᎵᏍᏔᏂ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏱᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᏂᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᎸᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ. ᎢᎸᎯᏳᏃ ᏱᏘᏩᏛᎯᏙᎳ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎥᏝ ᏲᏂᏙᎢ ᎦᎪ ᏕᎦᎾᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏓᏂᎾᏢᏍᎬᎾ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏱᏤᎾ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᏓᏅᏁᎲᎢ, ᏲᏃᏏ ᏱᏣᏂᏔ ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᏳᏍᏗ.”
Palmer Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏲᎯ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏁᏟᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏲᎭ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᏏᏅᏓ ᏳᏓᎵ ᎠᎴ 20 ᏱᎦᎢ ᏚᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎳ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ.
ᎢᎦᏓᏃ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏲᎭ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏠᏯᏍᏗᎰᎢ Arby’s, Macy’s ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ Enterainment, RAE Corp., ᎣᏪᏅᏒᎢ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎬᏗ, ᎤᏴᏢᎢᎧᎸᎬᎢ Technology Center, ᏗᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏧᎦᎶᎦ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏁᏗᎢ Corps, ᎩᎦᎨᎢ Devil, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ Institute of technology, ᏣᎳᎩ Career Connections ᎠᎴ G4S.
“ ᎯᎸᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᏚᏓᎴᎢ ᏗᎦᎬᎸᏣᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏂ Manufacturing, ᎥᏴᎸᎢ ᎥᎦᏎᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᏓᏍᏓᏴᎲᏍᎬᎢ,”
Tonya Backward, Industril Park ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏙᎷᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏭ ᎨᎲ ᏱᏤᎵᏏ entry-level ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏰᎬᏍᏗ ᏩᎵᏍᏛᏍᎩ .”
Backward Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏌᏉ ᎨᎲ ᎬᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗ ᎤᎾᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᏗᎦᎾᏢᏍᎩ.
CN ᎨᎳ Katie Snell, ᎠᎼᎯ ᎡᎯ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏱᎬᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎬᏩᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᎢᏧᏍᏗ ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎨᎲ ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ.
“ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏱᎬᏁᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎣᏏ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᏢᏅᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏚᏂᎸᏣᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ. ᏂᎨᎵᏍᎬᏃ ᎠᏟᏅᏓᏗᎠ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᏃᏛᏅᎢ.”