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Career Expo Comes to CU

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LAWTON Okla_ Nearly 8% of our nation is jobless, but Cameron University is working to make that number smaller a little bit at a time.

Thursday, they hosted the 16th Annual Red River Career Expo, giving an estimated 1,000 job seekers an opportunity to find work with more than 80 companies.

Everybody who attended the career expo had one thing in common: they want to find a job. The market is sturdier than expected, even though the economy is under pressure. Time is ticking, and the threat of government spending cuts is just around the corner. That doesn't stop Carla Henry Baker from going after her dream job.

"I want to be in one of the public accounting firms doing taxation," Baker said.

Expo Coordinator Wendy Locke said Baker is in the right place to do that. She said the expo is working and wants to see that continue.

"We have so many people that have come out that have come back with success stories," Locke said. "We want to hear more stories about that."

The success stories don't come just from job seekers. A lot of vendors find good employees at the expo as well. Steve Reis is a recruiter for Bradley-Morris, a military placement company that was happy to set up shop so close to Fort Sill. His goal is to help out the men and women who have sacrificed everything for our country.

"Our focus is putting prior military folks in jobs," Reis said. "There are a lot with the end of the war, the draw down and all that. "They are out in the workforce trying to get a foothold in a new career."

No matter what the background, everyone, including Juan Ureste, appreciates the chance to find the right fit.

"All these businesses gathered here, you can go from different booth to different booth and see what you qualify for or what you can't qualify for," Ureste said.

Juan said he really enjoyed the expo and said he wished there were career fairs around when he started his first job in 1967. He said back then, people had to either know the right person or had to be just plain lucky.

The expo coordinator said about 70% of this year's booths were local companies, and about 30% were from out of town.

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