Almost 1,000 people seeking jobs attended the 28th Annual Valley-Wide Employment expo earlier this morning.
News Channel 3 was there throughout the entire expo, and is sharing how this event is opening doors for valley residents.
David Dai, with Riverside County's In-Home Supportive Services said, "We're looking to hire caregivers."
While Carmen cubero, with Sunline Transit Agency shared, "We're having challenges finding skilled labor people to fill those positions. And mechanics is one of them."
The Valley-Wide Employment Expo is connecting companies looking to hire with job seekers like Christian Melgoza.
"I'm looking to actually find a full time sales position, because I have prior customer service in sales," said Melgoza.
We caught Melgoza live in action while he visited AtWork's booth to meet with recruiters.
Alicia wilkins, with AtWork in Palm Desert looked over Melgoza's resume and said, "Christian's got a great background, good work experience, great education. We have a lot of clients that might be interested in talking to him about future opportunities. Things that maybe he can do that can tie into his education, it'd be more of a career choice, as opposed to just like a short term position."
Some Coachella Valley High School students were even encouraged by their teachers to attend the employment expo to start thinking about life after college.
Coachella Valley High School student, Filiverto Corona said, "Getting me out of my element is helping me out, definitely."
Gene Kennedy with Riverside County's Department of Public Social Services said, "It can be a new step in someone's career. When you talk about the transformation that can take place in someone's life, this can really make a difference and send them down a career path that maybe they weren't thinking of."
If you weren't able to make it to Wednesday's job expo you can click on this link that provides a list of the employers that attended, along with their current job openings.