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May 21, 2014 5:41 AM by Elizabeth Hill

LEDA job fair connects employers with job seekers

When Michael Bartlett graduated from UL in 2009 with an industrial design degree, the job outlook was less than ideal, but he had a career in mind.

"I knew very little about Stuller, I knew they manufactured jewelry, I knew that they had a design department, but other than that I knew very little."

Bartlett says the job fair gave him a face to face meeting with representatives of Stuller. An opportunity he may not have had otherwise.

It's a relationship that not only benefits job seekers, but also employers offering a variety of jobs applicants may not expect.

"You come to a hospital and you see your nurses and your therapists and your doctors and it's also seeing the support team behind them that's making everything work," says Lafayette General's Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Sheena Cumbest.

The Lafayette General system is the second largest employer in Acadiana and that's not all RN's and MD's.

"Five years ago we had just under 1,900 employees and now we're at 3,000 so seeing the growth and seeing the potential to grow into your career is a win for everyone."

Whether job seeker or employer, it's opportunity too good to pass up.

"You'll never get another opportunity to have so many big companies in one place with open doors that are there for hiring," says Bartlett.

"Have a great resume, ask the right questions and don't be afraid to be unsure of where you have the right fit," says Cumbest.

The job fair will begin at 9 am and go until 3 pm in the Cajundome Convention Center. It is free and open to the public. Be sure to bring your resume. There will also be several seminars included throughout the day. For more information and to see a list of participating companies you can click here.

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