INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Hundreds of job hopefuls attended two job fairs in Indiana onTuesday.
Universities, financial institutions and even branches of themilitary showed up for Senator Evan Bayh's 7th Annual Job Fair at IUPUI. The fairis an opportunity for job seekers to connect with localbusinesses.
"It's allowing me to visit the venues that I'm interested in andpass out my resume," said Jacque Falcon of Indianapolis.
"It brings a lot of people that usually would not get in thedoor with a lot of these companies, they look at a piece of paperand they just throw it away," said Enrique Flores ofIndianapolis.
Sixty local companies signed up for the job fair. Senator Bayhsaid more than a 1,000 people will walk out with a job.
"Even during this difficult economy we have 1200 jobopportunities available right here," explained Sen. Bayh.
Less than a week after the U.S. Energy Department awardedIndianapolis based EnerDel a$118.5 million grant to produce lithium ion batteries, the companyattended the fair looking for workers.
"We want to hire talented people starting from now. We haveseveral programs that are getting ready to go into manufacturing bythe end of the year and the first half of next year," said UlrikGrape, CEO of EnerDel.
Enrique Flores has a job; he's using the job fair to getahead.
"I just need a better job. I have a law degree right now. I tookthe bar and I'm just waiting for my license, so I'm looking for anyopportunities out here," Flores said.
EnerDel said they expect to hire some 300 workers over the nextthree years.
Some of the positions include engineers with competitivesalaries and workers making up to $12.50 an hour.
The job fair also benefited entrepreneurs. Small business ownerstalked with experts who helped them seek capital to grow.
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