Job Fair at Maximum Capacity in Monroe County

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TANNERSVILLE  -- The Monroe County Career Quest welcomed about 1,000 people looking for work to the Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville on Tuesday. Many of the people lined up to see what some new businesses in the county had to offer.

The Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville was packed with employers and hundreds of people looking for work in Monroe County.

CareerLink officials tell Newswatch 16 that Career Quest, an annual job fair, hit maximum capacity this year for companies looking to hire.

"We do have 63 vendors here, most of them employers that are hiring. We're very excited to have some new employers here,” said Monroe County CareerLink’s John Casella.

Job seekers lined up to see what opportunities they could find with one of the newest employers in the county: Kalahari Resorts.

"I think it's a new company coming to the area so sometimes if you get your foot in at the ground level it's a chance to grow with a company and move up,” said Carol Feely of East Stroudsburg.

Feely gathered application information and says a career with the new resort might be a good fit for her, but she’s also just happy to be getting her name out there.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity to be able to get your application out to a lot of employers in the area, and there's so many here that I wasn't even familiar with,” said Feely.

With so many employers and so many opportunities, people at this job fair say they want to make an impression, but it's difficult with this kind of crowd.

“Trying to see what's on the tables. There's so much information, trying to absorb it all and trying to actually hear,” said Traci Benjamin of East Stroudsburg.

"I was actually shocked when I came here. You see so many people and so many cars here, so parking was a problem,” said Ronald Settler of Gouldsboro.

But Settler says he’s keeping his spirits high as he fills out applications.

"I have always hope. Yeah, you can't give up hope,” said Settler.

CareerLink also offered on site resume reviews, trying to help as many people as possible land their next job.