Jobs and careers are plentiful for DeSoto County residents if you know where to look. The Brown Missionary Baptist Church of Southaven held a job fair at its Stateline Road campus today. Nineteen employers from the Memphis metro area were on hand to greet potential candidates and inform them of available opportunities.
ACTS Career Center, a ministry of Brown Missionary Baptist Church, hosted the event to connect businesses with the local pool of job seekers. The non-profit organization is a career development and resource center established in 2001. Since 2001, ACTS has served the local community at no cost to the client or employer.
Lakita Fox, Executive Administrative Assistant at ACTS, sat at the front table of the job fair to welcome employers and applicants. She and her team guided participants and offered additional information to job seekers.
“They can also apply on our website (actscareercenter.org),” Fox said. “They can ask for a recommendation and we can submit their resume to our contacts we have with those companies.”
As of 10:45 a.m., Fox said it counted nearly 70 people who walked through the doors of the job fair.
The nineteen companies represented at the show were Autzone, Amedisys, World Overcomers, Benjamin Hooks Job Corps., Hill Services, The Golton at Southaven, Unity Healthcare Services, TJX, Lehman Roberts, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, Porter-Leath, Scansource , SRVS, Amazon, Sonoco, Goldstrike Casino, Christian Brothers and Hyosung.
Fox said TJX had a list of interested candidates earlier at the job fair. TJX is the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and their outlets.
The job fair is organized every year by ACTS. Last year the fair was held behind the wheel due to COVID-19.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet people and provide jobs for everyone,” said Pennie Nelson, Executive Director of ACTS. “When we launched our first job fair, it was during the hurricane (Hurricane Katrina in 2005). It was because all the people who had migrated here. It was needed. We have had them every year.
A job seeker, Letonya James, of DeSoto County, said she was looking for a job in the administration field.
“I’m looking for positions in administration, human resources, clerical, support,” James said.
Her background is in operations as a planner. She wants to play a more involved role in the administration of a company, a school district or a university.
“This is the first job fair I’ve attended this year. I am willing to relocate, wherever the job is. I’ve worked all over the United States in corporate facilities for different companies,” James explained. “I’m just trying to get back to work more than anything. I think that’s the hardest part. When people say other people don’t want to work, I want to work, 100%, definitely.
Laquita Jackson represented TJX at the job fair and was grateful to Brown MBC for hosting the annual event.
“Traffic has been really good, lots of great talent,” Jackson said. “We are still hiring for General Warehouse, Merchandise Controllers, Equipment Operators, all opportunities are available.”
Robert Williams, 20, recently moved from Greenville, Mississippi to the area and is seeking a career in the automotive technology industry.
“I’m looking for any position to help me get on my feet right now because I just moved into this field,” Williams said. “I was going to school for auto-collision, body tech and car painting. Right now I’m just trying to work somewhere to get a job and go to school. is my first job search experience. I think I will have a job by next week.
The ACTS Center is open to the public weekly, Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They can be reached at 662-796-2287.