SHARONVILLE, Ohio - Even though new unemployment applications fell to a 5½-year low, hundreds of people showed up at a job fair in Sharonville Thursday, 9 On Your Side’s Tony Mirones reported.
Rue Chang and Julian Catlin, both in their 20s, were ready, eager and hopeful.
"I just graduated from graduate school," Chang said.
"I just got out of the military back in January," said Caitlin, a Navy veteran.
Workforce One of Butler County organized the event and said it was successful even though 13 of the 73 companies were unable to attend.
Catlin said the Navy "gave me the structure, the poise, the discipline, to actually go up to people, and say, ‘You know what? I want a job.’ "
Catlin said he's been stationed from Texas to New York and really enjoys getting to know new people.
"I've learned how to adapt to my settings. That's what we learn, you adapt to where we go," he said.
Chang said she hoped “just to find a job related to my major and I can see a future in the company."
Chang, who is from China, said she came to the job fair because she was tired of applying online.
"It's just like posting and posting, and it's hard to hear from them. But this you can really talk to them," she said.
Chang said putting a face with the application may even help employers.
"Instead of wasting time to interview the ones they might not fit in," she said.