Anyone looking for a job had 99 chances at finding one Wednesday at Lenoir Community College.

The college hosted its annual job fair Wednesday in the LCC gym, giving job seekers a chance to speak with representatives from 99 employers from across the region.

“We are here to educate our students, but they want a job when they leave here. This is for some students the first connection to employers. It gets them exposed to those employers, to interviewing and to the job application process,” said Dawn Kantz, co-chair of this year’s job fair. “We also open it up to the community because we know there are always people looking for a new job. There are a lot of employers here and not all of them are local so they can get exposed to employers they might not normally.”

Employers represented at this year’s fair ranged from restaurants like The Boiler Room and Chef and the Farmer to Chick-Fil-A and McDonalds, police departments from Kinston, Raleigh, Greensboro and Durham, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, health departments and emergency services in Lenoir, Jones and Greene Counties, manufacturing and industrial jobs and others.

“It’s giving me the opportunity to explore a lot of different jobs and it’s all right here,” said Monique Tebrow, a job seeker at this year’s fair.

Tebrow said she learned about the job fair from a friend who works for Spirit Aerosystems, one of the employers at the fair.

Many of the employers at the job fair are repeats from previous years. Each department at the school has an advisory board that meets with local and regional businesses to help focus on future curriculum and goals, and many of those businesses participate in the job fair.

New to this year’s fair was video game retailer GameStop, which opened a store in Kinston in the fall of 2017.

The retail chain was represented by Shelly Merritt, manager of the Kinston location, but was looking for applicants for positions in stores in Greenville, Goldsboro and Kinston.

“Normally Gamestop has its own kind of hiring fair. We get so many applications online that we call those people in at one time for like a mass interview. This was something where I got the letter and wanted to come because people don’t know where are here yet,” Merritt said. “This definitely promotes competition to find the best talent, you know. It makes us want to step up our game to sell the job.”

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