ASTORIA — More than 800 job seekers from nine area schools and the community attended the third annual Clatsop County Career & Job Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 22, where they were met by more than 70 awaiting employers. The annual fair serves as an important hiring forum to connect local industries and businesses with job seekers.

“It’s difficult for employers to find good help,” organizer and director of Clatsop Economic Development Resources Kevin Leahy said. “We hope this is an opportunity for employers, students and general job seekers.”

Among the attendees were students from nine area schools. Members of the general public were permitted in the afternoon. A trio of guest speakers including an entrepreneur, a professional forester and an elected official kicked off the event by encouraging job-seekers to find a field they love and not be afraid of failure.

Many students at the fair signed up for seasonal, summer jobs while others chatted with industry professional about potential careers. Each had an opportunity to brush up on interview and resume skills, and most took advantage.

“Each year it gets better,” Leahy said.

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