Hanford Job Fair

HANFORD, Calif.

Job applicants at this year's Hanford Job Fair got a free hair-cut, style and make-up thanks to local cosmetology school, Lawrence and Company. The school not only wanted to give back to those struggling, but also try and interest people in starting a new career in hair and make-up.

Nancy Williams, Lawrence and Company, says "Whatever they want done we're doing it for them and letting them know about the school and what it has to offer."

Liberty Tax Service is hiring up to 30 new employees. They're even lending a big helping hand to people who are trying to get back on their feet and be employed. Liberty Tax Service's Monica Vargas says "We're offering a free tuition tax course which online courses run anywhere from $200-400."

Still, the Hanford Job Fair was an employer's market. Vice President of FAST Credit Union, Jodi Brasil, says "I believe our community has high unemployment. Definitely. Look at what we've got going on today! I was told there were 400 job positions available and I think I've had almost 1,200 people come through here so it tells you people need a job."

Megan Bollman, who's unemployed, says "You turn in an application and you never get a call back. It's just really hard to find a job."

The job fair comes the same day President Obama outlined his plan to create more jobs. People looking for a job in Hanford said they just hope whatever plan the President has, works. Lori Tode of Hanford says, "I'm hoping to hear good news from Obama tonight. I'm a little bit skeptical but a little optimistic." Jeremiah Martinez, a student, says "I just hope he really does something."

Employers at the Hanford Job Fair said they had hundreds of applicants for each job opening.

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