Employers Say OESC Job Fair A Crucial Event To Find Applicants

Wednesday, June 23rd 2021, 4:34 pm
By: Johnny Resendiz

TULSA, Oklahoma -

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission hosted a career fair Wednesday as many industries struggle to hire workers and federal unemployment benefits end this week.

Some employers came to Tulsa's Expo center hoping to hire hungry, excited job seekers as soon as possible.

Richelle Stephens with PepsiCo said she missed talking to people face-to-face because she said it's one of the best parts of the job.

"There's just something different about a human face-to-face connection," Stephens said. "I think we all just share in that excitement."

The return-to-work incentive is available to the first 20,000 people who filed for unemployment between May 2nd and May 15th. You also must be working one full-time job or two part-time jobs with at least 32 hours a week for six straight weeks.

Stephens said the best thing someone can have outside of a good resume, is a good attitude.

"We'll take anybody honestly," Stephens said. "Those who have a commitment or excitement to work, we're looking for them."

OESC Executive Director Shelly Zumwalt said they are still seeing shortages of workers in certain jobs. She also said these job fairs are vital in boosting the work force.

Margarita Vega with Supermercados Morelos said the need for applicants, in her case bilingual ones, is as great as ever.

"We are definitely hurting in terms of applicants," Vega said. "We need more people through our pipeline. We need more applicants, and we have amazing opportunities and are hiring at all levels."

People can start applying for the incentive on June 28.

If you could not make it to the career fair, we have a link to OESC's website here.