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March 29, 1998


An employment fair is set for Saturday at the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlet.

A fair designed to pair employers with prospective employees is set for Saturday.

The second annual Employment Marketplace will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlet, Sixth and New Hampshire streets.

The job fair, presented for the first time last June, provides an opportunity for the community to meet local employers and discover career opportunities in Douglas County.

About 600 people attended last year's event, said Gary Toebben, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. Some brought resumes and signed up for interviews. People took the opportunity to talk about job and education skill requirements, Toebben said.

Toebben hopes the fair can play the role of matchmaker for employers and employees both.

``Some companies and organizations don't actually have jobs available,'' Toebben said. ``They just want to let folks know what they're about.''

The fair is sponsored by the Lawrence Journal-World, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the Lawrence chapter of the Society for Human Resource Managers.

In addition, unions are available to talk about their training programs.

Shirley Martin-Smith, franchisee at Adecco, said the fair, which will feature more than 30 exhibitors, is a great opportunity for people to discover job opportunities in Lawrence. The Chamber's Labor Availability Committee has tried to help Lawrence employers find good employees, Martin-Smith said.

The committee has found that employee shortages are common in certain types of jobs. There is, for example, a shortage of people in skilled trade jobs.

Other times, employers have found that applicants lack necessary job skills and work histories.

Julie Byrne, Adecco, said it's common for people to commute to Kansas City to work. They don't have time to shop for local jobs.

``The marketplace showcases companies. Its biggest purpose is to let the community know what businesses do in the community,'' Smith said. ``People don't have a feel for all of the job opportunities in Lawrence.''

-- Regina Cassell's phone message number is 832-7189. Her e-mail address is

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