One thousand jobs up for grabs, more than 1,200 people at job fair

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- One thousand jobs were up for grabs from more than 30 companies at the second annual Phoenix Diversity Career Fair.

More than 1,200 job seekers came to the job fair. And some of them have been out of a job for a while.

David England hasn't had a job for two years. "My mom got sick and almost passed away, so I stopped working to help take care of her," he said. England said, thankfully, his mom is getting better. "Starting to be able to cook again, so I'm going to start looking for work," he said.

This is his first job fair since he decided to start looking. "It helps because they're all in one place,” he said. “You can easily drop off a resume and get information." He wants to get back to customer service or sales or even public safety. "As a kid I always wanted to be a police officer and help people," said England.

Sherron Howard has been looking for a job in student affairs. "Ever since the end of January," said Howard. She said she has a doctorate degree, but even with that it's been hard to land a job. "It's very competitive in the market, and it seems that you need to know someone who knows someone to get to where you need to get to. It's not really about credentials these days at all," she said.

But Howard said she's determined to keep looking. "I pray every day, and that's all I can do and continue to go on because the more you knock and the more you seek, something eventually will come for you," said Howard. and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce hosted the job fair. said they are planning another job fair in Phoenix in June. Click here for tips for job seekers.