On October 12, 2017 the Roosevelt County Development Director Orlando Ortega, held a job fair for Portales residents from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Building located at 200 E. 7th Street in Portales, New Mexico.
The Roosevelt County Economic Development (RCED) hosted the job fair to help Portales residents who are in the job market, and employers seeking qualified employees for their business. “We hope the outcome of this job fair is to help the community, and help business find good employees,” said Orlando Ortega.
Ortega has been working on the job fair since mid-September looking for employers to attend and table for certain position(s) that they have available.
Some employers that attended the job fair included: Farmers Insurance, Roosevelt General Hospital, Hampton Farms, Ready Roast Peanuts, Eastern New Mexico University, Excel Energy and Home Spot Properties. Overall, there were 23 employers present.
Since last year's job fair in 2016, the number of attendees has sky-rocketed. In fact, the attendance rose from 72 people in 2016 to 123 this year. This jump is attributed to the advertising efforts around Portales and on a variety of social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook.
For next year's job fair, Ortega has high hopes. “I hope the job fair continues to grow. This year, there was no cost to the employer for their service, we partnered with the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce this year which helped interest businesses.”