LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock job fair brought hundreds of unemployed residents to the convention center Tuesday, where volunteers conducted mock interviews for the first time in the event's history.
THV 11 spoke with several attendees who are recent college graduates and are struggling to find a full time job and begin their careers.
"Ever since then it's been a real rough road trying to find a professional job. I've attended job fairs, interviews; I've taken part-time jobs--anything to support my family," said Cabot resident Zachary Thompson. "A lot of companies are downsizing because of the economy and the lack of experience even though you're just out of college is a big killer for college graduates."
Delta Dental HR Director Kelly Carney was one of several mock interview volunteers at the event. She coached job seekers on how to answer questions and control their nerves when speaking to potential employers.
"You have to be able to package that information in the right way to tell a story when you interview with someone, and I think that's what a lot of people are struggling with, and we hope we're giving them some feedback today to do that," added Carney. "I think the resume is something that you use to try to get that interview and the interview is the thing that gets you the job."
Arkansas state job resources: http://on.kthv.com/1giRIxK
Little Rock jobs: http://on.kthv.com/1giRKWp
Little Rock jobs on CareerBuilder.com: http://on.kthv.com/1giRMgY