Huge Ellis County job fair emphasizes higher-paying jobs

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The Ellis County Job Fair takes place August 5, 2021 at the Waxahachie Civic Center in Waxahachie, Texas.

Unemployed people, underemployed and disgruntled employees take note: what may be the largest job fair event ever in Ellis County is coming to Waxahachie, Texas.

Set for 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on August 5, 2021 at the Waxahachie Civic Center at 2000 Civic Center Lane in Waxahachie, Texas, the Ellis County Job Fair will highlight the wide range of well-paying jobs and career positions available closer to home for county residents.

Photo of entrance of the Waxahachie Texas Civic Center
The Ellis County Job Fair takes place August 5, 2021 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

“We have everything from manufacturing, to medical. We have some folks looking for nurses. We have manufacturers looking for production people. We have public service that will be there as well. We have professional office jobs that are available. So it runs the gamut,” says Warren Ketteman, senior director for economic development for the City of Waxahachie.

Warren says the job fair is free of charge for both exhibitors and job seekers. As many as 60 businesses are expected to be represented, and Navarro College and the Texas State Technical College will highlight the job training and other educational opportunities they offer.

Representatives from Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas will also be on hand.

Photo of Warren Ketteman of Waxahachie Texas
Warren Ketteman, senior director for economic development with the City of Waxahachie.

Warren says the event has been coordinated by the economic development leaders of Waxahachie, Ennis, Red Oak, Midlothian and Ferris and is therefore possibly the largest job fair that’s taken place this side of Dallas.

“This grew out of some conversation we had amongst ourselves as economic development professionals, and the need to serve our local businesses here, because we all were hearing how they were struggling to find employees — they need more help — need more employees — their businesses are growing. And we said, hey, we need to we need to step into the breach here, and help these companies out,” Warren says.

The event is not just another factory-worker roundup, and Warren says job seekers should dress for success, bring a resume and be prepared to find high-paying career options — not just entry-level jobs.

“In DFW, we have a large commuter population, even in Waxahachie, many people leave town every day. So, this might be an opportunity for them to look a little closer — maybe find something here in Ellis county that suits them a little bit better and improve that quality of life. You’re not on the highway all day long,” Warren says.

“These [jobs] run the gamut of everything,” Warren adds. “So, please come down — take a look. If you’re thinking about making a career move, you’ve recently left a job, you’ve been disgruntled in your current employment, whatever those issues may be, please come down here and take a look. And hopefully we’ll find something that matches.”

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