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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It was a lousy day to get out but that didn't stop hundreds of people from showing up at the Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center. Many came with high hopes and determination to get a good job in the new year.

The bad weather didn't stand in the way of hundreds of people who fought the rain and long lines to attend the quarterly job fair at the center. Many are young people not long out of school. Said job seeker Yolanda Tucker,"I'm hoping to own my own business, but receptionist would be now."

Crystal Davis is also looking for work.

"I'm looking to get a job, but I know who my Father is, so the job is mine already," said Davis.

Job Seeker Johneisha Douglas-Victor is a recent graduate from McNeese.

"My degree was in mass communications, so I really was looking for something in the human resources or any of the plants, trying to just get my foot in the door," said Douglas-Victor.

Thedrick Butler was there wearing a suit and tie.

"I was mostly looking for contractor work, helpers work, I've been a welder's helper before," he explained.

The center helps job seekers daily -- but the fair allows them to meet with participating employers. There's a lot of interest in Sasol with major expansions planned.

"They can apply for hourly positions here  while salaried positions are posted on line. As positions are available they can go on line and apply to those then. We're slowly, gradually taking application for positions for that. But as far as for operator and instrument technician, they would  put their application in here," said Kristi Satterla, working for Sasol Human Resources and Recruiting.

There were so many people, not all could been seen before the end of the fair at noon. But it was a success.

"We have had some employers hire on the spot today. Some employers are also going to have interviews after they leave here today," said Stephanie Seemion with the Business and Career Solutions Center. 

Seemion said they don't need to wait for a job fair to get help finding a job.

"They don't have to wait to have a job fair to come here. This is what we do. We put people to work, so they come in on a daily basis from 8 to 4 and we get them registered for work. We have the Louisiana virtual one stop system and jobs are listed in that system and we also have jobs listed on our bulletin board. So, once they come in and register they can access the computers, the telephone, whatever it takes for them to find employment is what we do here," said Seemion.

Seemion said they work with employers daily to find work for those who want jobs and employees for the companies who need them. 

For more information on jobs and the Business and Solutions Center, click here.

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