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LEDA hosts their 26th Annual Job Fair at the Cajundome

There were 100 employers there offering part-time and full-time positions. It is the largest recruitment event in Acadiana.

Posted: Aug 4, 2021 6:24 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- The Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) hosted their 26th annual job fair today.

There were 100 employers there offering part-time and full-time positions. It is the largest recruitment event in Acadiana.

After holding it virtual last year, job seekers say they are happy to attend in person again.

“Not very many people know how to apply or where to go to apply so this actually gives you a chance to speak to someone in the company to help you with an opportunity,” Darika Hill, an attendee, said.

Bryan James Anthony attended the event because he lost his job in the entertainment industry during the pandemic.

“It’s not what you go through, it's how you handle it, and if you handle it maturely, you will succeed. And during this pandemic I find that nobody really has the solutions or the answers and we're just all trying to figure it out,” Anthony said.

Some employers are offering hiring incentives to persuade people to apply.

“I have been letting them know that they can work full time or part-time. I've also let them know that they will have their own business, they will get support from us. And the big thing is the residual income, making money while you're sleeping,” Joseph Sherman, the owner of Sherman Insurance Agency, said.

According to LEDA, this year’s turnout is slightly down from previous years.

“A little bit over 300, job seekers have come through so far and we have seen a steady flow of people coming in,” Ryan LaGrange, the workforce development manager at LEDA, said.

LaGrange hopes that today’s event will end the employee shortage some companies have been experiencing.

“So, companies are looking to feel a lot of the skilled labor, industrial trades, and entry-level positions were struggling, which is why we went back to an in-person format, where there's a larger pool of candidates that are willing to attend this type of event,” he said.

LEDA plans to host the job fair again in 2022. For a full list of employers and job positions, click here

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