PAXINOS - About 300 job-seekers ventured into Masser's Banquet Hall Thursday with resume in hand and pens at the ready to fill out applications at the annual Career and Job Fair presented by Pennsylvania CareerLink.

More than 30 businesses and trade schools met with applicants who were either looking for employment, a better job or the opportunity to learn a new skill.

Ken Horvath, vice president of operations for Spectrum Technologies, Paxinos, has three openings in the sales and marketing department, and said he came away with some great prospects.

"I've gotten about two dozen resumes today and talked to about 50 more people who we don't have positions that suit them right now, but we will keep their information on file," he said.

Amy Zalar, representing Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Coal Township, ran out of applications within the first few hours.

"Having a job fair like this gives us the opportunity to let a lot of people know that we have positions available that they might not know about otherwise," she said.

Zalar said the job fair gives prospective employees a chance to make a good first impression.

"We can meet one-on-one with the people applying for the jobs, talk with them to get a feel for how good of an employee they could be for our company," she said.

How about school?

It wasn't all about employment at Thursday's job fair as several trade schools were promoting their programs.

Nicole Geiser, high school representative for Triangle Tech, Sunbury, spoke to those looking to be trained in a new career path as a heating or cooling specialist or in carpentry or computer-aided drafting.

"We are getting a great mix of people here today, from those just out of high school to those a little older looking for a new trade," Gieser said. "We provide the training, the tools, the financial aid and the career advice, so anyone who wants to succeed can do so in a career that is always going to be in demand."

Pleased with turnout

Whitney Fetterman, director of the Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, was pleased with the turnout.

"The vendors have been great and a steady stream of people have been coming through the doors. We are all pleased with today's event," she said.

Anyone who missed Thursday's job fair can attend the next one, which will be held Monday, April 21, at Shikellamy High School, Sunbury.

Thursday's event was sponsored by the BVRCC, Pa. CareerLink and McCann School of Business and Technology.

Participating vendors were McCann, National Ticket Company, Geisinger Health System, Visiting Angels, Pa. CareerLink, BVRCC, CSO, Inc., Pa. State Civil Service Commission, Strong Industries, Inc., H.H. Knoebels and Sons, Inc., Experience Works, Aerotek, Clear Channel Media, HCR Manor Care, Keystone Human Services, Nesco Resource, One Source, Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dempsey Uniform, APEX Insurance Group, Stanley Woodworking, Inc., the U.S. Army, Central Susquehanna LPN Center, Professional Drivers Academy, Triangle Tech, Hope Enterprises, Sundance Vacations, Spectrum Technologies, and Icon, Inc.MIKE STAUGAITIS/Staff Photo