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SRS job fair draws over 2,000 to Barnwell

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BARNWELL, S.C. --- Job seekers formed a line that stretched around a school building Wednesday.

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Recent college graduate Claire Croft, of Aiken, inquires about Savannah River Site career possibilities related  to health awareness during the job fair in Barnwell, S.C.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Recent college graduate Claire Croft, of Aiken, inquires about Savannah River Site career possibilities related to health awareness during the job fair in Barnwell, S.C.

More than 2,000 people flocked to a Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC job fair, said Paivi Nettamo, a public affairs representative for the Recovery Act Project.

Among them was Danielle Elliott, 26, of Aiken, who was recently laid off from her job in administrative accounting in Beech Island. She learned that Career Personnel, one of 13 subcontractors present, should start calling job applicants next week.

"I've put in ... resumes and applications online and not a lot of people are hiring these days because of the economy. Hopefully, I'll get some luck," Ms. Elliott said.

Kaisha McCaskell, 29, of Bamberg, S.C., was looking for work. She has been unemployed for more than a year. She said that her job search has been difficult and many of the industrial plants where she worked have closed.

Ms. McCaskell said so many people were there that employers didn't have time to go in-depth about openings.

"We estimate having approximately 3,000 jobs allocated for the project work between now and 2011," said Clif Webb, the director of public affairs for the Recovery Act Project.

The openings include 800 jobs reallocated from Savannah River Site. Five hundred workers have been hired since April, he said, which leaves 1,700 positions made available by more than $1.6 billion in funds received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has already received 8,000 applications, Ms. Nettamo said.

The company will hold a job fair in Allendale, S.C., on Wednesday and job fairs in Augusta and Aiken in July. Jobs are open for nuclear engineers and physicists, construction and general employment. They will assist in expediting nuclear waste removal at SRS and are temporarily hired for the project, Mr. Webb said.

Steven Jouburt, 55, of Hephzibah, a retired Army instructor, came seeking an opportunity to make more money. He has been working as a substitute teacher for Richmond County.

"I didn't really know what they had," he said. "I've collected the samples of paperwork and will go online to see what will fit."

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.

DON'T MISS THE NEXT ONE

WHAT: Savannah River Site job fair

WHEN: 1-3 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: USC Salkehatchie, West Campus; Conference Center, 465 James Brandt Blvd., Allendale, S.C.

NOTE: An SRS town hall meeting will be held at noon before the job fair.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 06/18/09 - 10:10 am
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It was closer to 2500 by the

It was closer to 2500 by the time I left. That was quite a drive from Augusta. I was disappointed to see that the majority of people did not dress appropriately, for example, worn-out jeans, low cut and too short tight shirts, too much make up, hoop earrings you could put an arm through, arm loads of jangling jewelry, and visibly and audibly chewing gum. What did they think they were applying for, the circus? Tip for next job fair: Arrive groomed as if you are going in for a job interview. Because that is your first contact. First impressions ARE important. That person you are asking questions, may be the person that has the authority to put your resume in File 13.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 06/18/09 - 12:18 pm
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Aiken has the second-lowest

Aiken has the second-lowest unemployment out of the nine counties on my side of the CSRA. That would have been a shorter drive, baroness. My mother was in Barnwell as well.

Native007
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Native007 06/18/09 - 05:01 pm
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Hey why complain? Doesn't

Hey why complain? Doesn't that give you an advantage?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 06/18/09 - 08:31 pm
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I'm not complaining, I'm

I'm not complaining, I'm trying to help. BTW. I wasn't there to apply for a job.

reflex4way
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reflex4way 06/18/09 - 10:19 pm
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I reside in Barnwell and have

I reside in Barnwell and have been making the drive to Augusta for the past 16 years every day. The fact that some people are willing to make the trip from Augusta or Aiken shows they really have a need and are willing to put out the extra effort to even apply for the jobs. I really hope all who made the trip get what they were expecting, and welcome to Barnwell

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 06/19/09 - 07:04 am
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People may well need the jobs

People may well need the jobs but is it healthy to continue to foster dependence on big government in the CSRA? Socialism continues to move forward here. Where are private companies which could promote jobs at SRS, such as research and development into clean energy (that doesn't produce more dangerous nuclear waste)?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 06/19/09 - 09:37 am
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Aiken Conservative...... SRS

Aiken Conservative...... SRS hasn't produced any "dangerous nuclear waste" since the 80's.

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Riverman1 06/19/09 - 10:35 am
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"Ms. McCaskell said so many

"Ms. McCaskell said so many people were there that employers didn't have time to go in-depth about openings." Huh? I'd like to see exactly the positions they are hiring for. Also, are the jobs only for a specified period? If they are only hiring three thousand low wage workers for a clean-up, say it. These job fairs going around the CSRA are only for show to keep public support for SRS.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 06/19/09 - 03:11 pm
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Riverman....if that's true,

Riverman....if that's true, then how do you explain the hundreds of new, permanent hires that are at the SRS training facility?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/19/09 - 04:43 pm
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Tigger, I support the mission

Tigger, I support the mission of SRS and want to see jobs created as much as anyone, but the skeptic in me asks questions. However, I do see some clarification in the article since it first ran. I wouldn't mind being wrong.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 06/19/09 - 04:51 pm
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You'll have to check with SRS

You'll have to check with SRS for the exact positions, but I know that they have hired Operators, Radcon inspectors, Multi-Skilled Technicians, among others. These jobs are in both the SRNS side which has the long term mission of processing Highly Enriched Uranium into Low Enriched Uranium for use in Reactor plants, and SRR which has the mission of processing the waste that SRNS generates. These jobs have a future of DECADES. Parsons has also hired people for MOX...most of which are construction, which is a relatively short term job, but will need operators and Radcon as well.

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