Some Visitors Seek Jobs at World Ag Expo

February 11, 2009 10:14:23 PM PST
For the most part, the rains stayed away from the World Ag Expo in Tulare. The gloomy skies though mirrored the gloomy economic outlook, which is why some see the event as a way to bolster their career.The World Ag Expo is a place where business deals go down. Contacts made here can pay off in the future but not everyone is looking to buy. With so many Ag companies in one place, the struggling economy has folks like Jacob Koontz on the hunt for a job. Koontz said, "Well I just got the big book to see what vendors are here. I'm really interested in GPS and satellite technology so I've been making my rounds. It's a lot easier. I'm able to talk to someone face to face and not through a phone."

Steve Americano landed a job with Kubota Tractor a year ago. Unlike his friends, he says he didn't treat his visit to the World Ag Expo like a field trip. Americano said, "For me I didn't use this as a place to see new equipment. I used it a opportunity as a career fair if you will. So I came here with a handful of resumes and a nice shirt, kind of beat the pavement and asked around if they had career opportunities."

We saw more people carrying bags than briefcases full of resumes but companies have noticed more people were asking if they were hiring.

The High Ground of Texas actively recruits businesses to re-locate to the Texas panhandle but also helps those companies build its workforce. Economic Development Director Jimi Copelen said, "If someone came here looking for work, yeah, we could hook them up with specific types of companies depending on what type of work they do. We've got a lot of work organizations in Texas like the workforce development center."

Most companies don't attend the World Ag Expo to recruit employees, but job-seekers say with 16-hundred exhibitors, it's the perfect place to market yourself to companies.

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