BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Dozens of employers were on site at the 2018 WVFX Employee Expo at the Meadowbrook Mall looking for quality candidates. Alison Kaiser met with several of these employers to learn what it's like to do these jobs and what it takes to do them.
Law enforcement officers from two departments were there, looking for recruits to add to the force.
"You're running back-to-back calls, going from car wrecks to major crime scenes. Or you can have days where you're patrolling and interacting with members of the community," said Chief Matt Gregory of the Buckhannon Police Department.
Police-work is a demanding, but rewarding, career.
"This job allows me to talk to a lot of people and help a lot of kids," said PFC C.B. Sayers with the Bridgeport Police Department.
Energy companies like US Well Services were looking for hard-working people to join one of the state's leading industries.
"We pump sand and chemicals down the well after it's been drilled to help get the oil and gas out of the ground and out to the customers," said Martin Buckhammer, operations manager with the USWS.
Healthcare facilities like United Hospital Center need employees in a variety of specialties in order to provide quality care to patients.
"UHC is a system with WVU Medicine, it's very exciting to work there. We're looking to fill jobs with housekeeping, all the way to physical therapists," said Kendra Westfall, recruitment and employment compliance with UHC.
Some jobs require extensive training and special uniforms.
"We always wear out bullet-resistant vest. Obviously, the officer has a firearm, as well as the extra rounds that go with it, and our department carries tasers for non-lethal engagements," said Sayers.
One thing that each career field has in common: they all need employees who do their best each day.
"Good hard workers, who are dependable," said Buckhammer.
Gregory said, "It also takes a very good personality. You have to be able to deal with all types of people in the community and all types of situations, you never know what each day is going to bring and you have to be ready to deal with that."