Hundreds of job seekers flock to Springfield hiring events

By  | 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Hundreds of job seekers flooded to job fairs for some of Springfield’s biggest employers Tuesday.

Expedia, Jack Henry, and Cox Health each had hiring events, looking to fill dozens of positions.

“It's a job seeker's market,” Missouri Job Center executive assistant to the director Daniel Snyder said. “We're seeing a lot of companies attracted to Springfield because of the low cost of doing business here. They're coming into and we have these job seekers that are finding employment with them.”

Expedia has 11 open jobs on their web site. Jack Henry is looking to fill a 20-person call center. Cox Health had 200 openings.

Jack Henry had 30 people show up to their event within the first hour.

“Today, we've got a tremendous number of applicants,” Melisa Crass, who’s heading up Jack Henry’s new call center, said. “They're very well qualified.”

Cox’s job fair highlighted hundreds of open positions across multiple departments. Each one pays at least $9.50 per hour.

“It's just one of those things that people, when they think of a hospital, think, 'oh, I have to have a medical background, or I have to have medical experience, or I'm not a nurse, or I'm not a doctor,'” recruiter Beki Fischer said. “Well, we have a lot of office type positions, housekeeping, things like that where we need people with those skill sets to come in and cover those areas.”

“From what I've seen online from the major employers here there seem to be several opportunities on the surface,” Todd Dillard said. He’s in the middle of a job hunt.

The positions at these career fairs were mostly entry level, with a few exceptions. It can be hard for people like Dillard, who has project management experience, to find a good fit at these events.

“The news portrays that things are looking up but it doesn't seem quite the way they portray it to be,” he said. “It's still tough.”