Approximately 500 job hopefuls attended an employment fair at Howard Community College earlier this month.
The attendees learned about jobs from 56 employers in fields that include health care, education, law enforcement and retail. There were also career counselors on hand to critique resumes of hopefuls.
The free job fair, which was open to the public, was held Nov. 13 at Burrill Galleria on the college campus. It was sponsored by the school in conjunction with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
"It was what we expect from any job fair," said organizer Tonya Osmond, the assistant director for career and employment counseling at Howard Community College.
The school also hosts an annual spring job fair, which typically attracts more people. Last spring, 1,000 people attended.
"Spring job fairs traditionally are better attended," Osmond said. "The idea of graduation in May is on the horizon. People are looking for summer jobs."
Osmond also attributed the higher number of attendees last spring to the economy.
"We had a little more of an influx this past spring because we were smack in the middle of the recession," Osmond said.
The college will host its next job fair March 19, according to Osmond.