By Pilar Pedraza
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:43 PM CST, November 27, 2012
After a one day conference of oil and gas businesses, many of the businesses took part in an oil and gas job fair Tuesday in Hutchinson. The number of job seekers who showed up surprised organizers.
The Kansas State Fairgrounds looked a little different Tuesday. Hundreds crowded into the Domestic Arts building on the fairgrounds. But they weren't searching for blue ribbons. They were looking for jobs.
"I actually graduated in May," said Seth Parker, who was busy handing out copies of his resume. "So, I've been looking for quite some time now."
The same story was repeated over and over again. Kansans in search of employment who were happy to find companies that are actually hiring.
"I've been to a few of these over the years and they weren't really taking resumes as much. And I got my resume out about four or five times. So, I mean, that's encouraging," said Parker.
So many showed up for the job fair they were lined up outside the door before it began. This, even though they knew many of the companies came from other states and the jobs might mean a move.
The companies that came with openings said they were hopeful of leaving with employees.
They weren't talking just one sort of job either. The openings ran the gamut from basic plant workers to transportation to engineers. Some of the jobs came with six digit salaries.
Veterans Services was also on hand to help our military men and women find work, along with several training institutes and community colleges.
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