The City of Salem sponsored a job fair where more than 25 employers were searching for good people to work for them.
“I just thought I’d come down, look around, and see if I can find a job,” said Albert Carrier.
He’s been looking for a good full time job for almost a year now.
“I got laid off Decemeber 28th of last year,” he said.
Since then, he’s been looking for work, and hoping to find something within his area of expertise.
“My whole life has been in maintenance and machining and what have you,” he said.
But for some folks in the Roanoke Valley the search has been even harder.
“It was at the end of December 2016,” said Jennifer Minnix.
Minnix has been on the search for almost two years.
“It’s just been a bit of a struggle seeing all of the companies leaving. Of course that’s what happened with my company. They left, and it’s been a real struggle trying to find something,” she said.
Minnix has several years of experience with office work.
“Medical office, dental office, anything general office related. I’ve got a background in keyboarding and data entry,” she said.
Minnix says employers tell her they can’t find people who are reliable, and trustworthy, and that confuses her.
“I don’t have any of those problem, and I’m ready to go to work, but I can not in many cases get to the interview stage,” she said.
Carrier says he thinks some of the struggles good workers are going through is caused by their age.
“I think a lot of times when you get to a certain age companies don’t want to hire you,” he said.
So for now, the search continues for both of them.
Some companies set up 10 or more interviews with potential employees, and considered today a success.