Aug 18, 2010 6:21 PM by Carolyn Cerda

LEDA Job Fair

Some businesses looking to hire are now combing through thousands of resumes. The Lafayette Economic Development Authority held their 15th annual job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome Convention Center. With the nation's unemployment rate hovering near 10 percent, organizers say they were not surprised to see nearly 3 thousand jobseekers at the free event.

"Our unemployment rate is about the same as last year at this same time," said Ryan Lagrange, Director of Workforce Development with LEDA.

Job seekers came prepared with their business suits on and resumes in hand. Some are unemployed, others are just looking to advance in their careers.

"You never think you're going to be in this position, but it's good they have things like this job fair to get you out there," said job seeker Amanda Schwegmann.
"I found work in other places, but now I'm looking for a career," said job seeker, Chris Thibodeaux.

There were 80 businesses on hand, with a variety of open positions, from sales and marketing to engineering and finance. Offshore companies were also at the event.

"We actually have more oil and gas vendors than last year... Despite the moratorium they are hiring and looking aggressively," said Lagrange.

LEDA also provided a career consultant to help job seekers prepare. Danielle Dayries provided tips on how to write a resume that will improve your chances of getting hired, and interview pointers.

"The top 3 tips would be #1: make sure your resume has quantifiable data, and not just a job description.... You're really talking about what makes you unique. #2: Every time you send out a resume, follow up, follow up, follow up. And #3: make sure that when you go to an interview, prepare... rehearse with a friend," said Dayries.

For more information on the businesses that were at the job fair, visit



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