LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - St. Mark Baptist Church held its second annual Power to Get Wealth Job Fair today and to say the community responded would be an understatement.
With nearly 50 different employers this year, many walked away with new jobs on the spot.
Recruiters from local banks, higher education and even the FBI were all there offering a chance.
"I was blown away by the number of employers here and jobs that are available,” said Meloney Robinson, a job seeker who relocated to the U.S. more than a year ago from Jamaica.
With internet applications more popular than ever, face to face conversations with a future employer is an opportunity she and other job hopefuls couldn’t pass up.
“Most of them are jobs you know will lead to a career and are companies you can grow with,” Robinson added.
The event was inspired last year by a message on stewardship and giving.
“After one of the sermons, members came up saying they would love to give but they didn't have a job,” said Jason Ray, Pastor of Operations at Saint Mark.
A wide range of employers came to offer the best of their company, all also eager to see what job seekers could offer them.
"Of course we have CHI St. Vincent, Baptist Health, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Ally Financial, several banks, Western Foods, UPS, Entergy and more,” Ray said.
He wants those who didn’t get to attend this year’s fair to know its designed for people from all walks of life and backgrounds.
“Whether you're in high school, mid-career, just graduated college or have no college degree, anybody can come here today and get a job,” he added.
Many applicants interviewed and secured new employment instantly. Robinson is hopeful her experience will also result in future opportunities.
"I've gotten a lot of good response from people who are and people who are excited by my experience, my qualifications and my attitude,” she said.
Agencies like Little Rock Police and Fire Department also joined this year, as well as the City of Little Rock.
Ray added that by offering employment opportunities for the neighborhood, city and surrounding areas, everyone will benefit with lowered crime rates.