By: Sierra Bryson
Hundreds of people packed the Columbia National Guard Armory Tuesday in search for a job. South Carolina Works partnered with the Columbia Mayor's Committee on Employment to host the job fair.
Betty Butler was one of many at the fair searching for a job that could offer her better hours and better pay. She is currently a substitute teacher with the Richland County School District.
Butler says she enjoys her job but wants something full-time so she doesn't have to live paycheck to paycheck.
"I want to do something that I enjoy doing, and that's the main goal I'm looking to reach today," said Butler.
Over 60 companies and government agencies were at the fair, but Butler's first stop was at the South Carolina Department of Corrections where she filled out an application.
SC works employee Jeremy Catoe, says the biggest benefit about having fair is giving job seekers like Betty an opportunity to speak directly with possible employers.
"It's also really good practice, it helps people not to be nervous in front of an employer, they get to ask questions in a casual setting, and it helps break the ice a little bit," said Catoe.
South Carolina's unemployment rate rose 0.3 percent since last month, something that Jeremy and other vendors at the fair are trying to change.
For more information about upcoming job fairs and job related tips you can visit SC Works website.