TYLER (KYTX) - East Texans looking for work, grabbed their resumes, and headed to Tyler Junior College Tuesday for a job fair.
Staffing agencies say jobs are picking up in our area.
Anna Crump is just 18-years-old. She's a freshman at Tyler Junior College, studying for a career in occupational therapy.
Anna says she came to the job fair to see what's available, while she goes to school
"I've gotten a few offers, but the hours haven't been what I'm looking for or the pay, or it won't work around my school schedule," said Crump.
There is some good news if you're looking for work.
Numbers from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics show the unemployment rate in Tyler around 6.7%.
That's lower than the national average of 7.3%.
So, who's hiring in East Texas? East Texas staffing agencies say there are plenty of jobs available in East Texas, especially jobs in the retail and service industry.
But, before you fill out that application, there are some things you need to know.
"prepare yourself for the job search. Have a good resume and cover letter," said Felicia Morris.
Felicia Morris is the coordinator of career services at Tyler Junior College. She says more jobs are becoming available in the East Texas area.
"Tyler itself is looking up. It's looking very well," added Morris.
But, if you want one of those jobs, she says, you have to dress for success and have a good "elevator speech."
"Your 30 seconds of when you're going to meet that employer, what are you going to say to them. What is going to be your memorable moment?" explained Morris.
Employers who attended job fair:
Fenton Motor Group
Brookshire Grocery Company
Express Employment Professionals
Gollob Morgan Peddy
City of Tyler
Dallas Police Department
NuCor Building Systems
Tyler Independent School District
Stone Bridge Personnel
Remedy Intelligent Staffing
Workforce Solutions East Texas
TJC Career Services
Meadow Lake Senior Living
KYTX CBS 19
Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas
Christus St. Michael Health System
At Home Healthcare
TJC Residential Life
TJC Human Resources
Longview Independent School District
Smith County Juvenile Services