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Hundreds Flock to Basin For Chevron Career Fair

Energy giant Chevron has been expanding in the Permian Basin and on Friday, they hosted a huge hiring event to recruit potential workers into the company. Alanna Quillen reports.
MIDLAND -- Energy giant Chevron has been expanding in the Permian Basin and on Friday, they hosted a huge hiring event to recruit potential workers into the company.

Since early Friday afternoon, huge lines formed outside Chevron's career fair room.

"We're the second largest producer in the Permian Basin," said Greg Yoxsimer, Human Resources Business Partner for Chevron in Midland. "We just announced plans to build an over $100 million office complex."

And they're hoping to fill that complex and their company with new employees, ranging from salaried professional positions to oil exploration and production.

All day, people from across the country including Utah, Colorado, and even the U.S. Virgin Islands, traveled all the way to Midland looking for opportunities.

"I think word of the economy in the Permian Basin and the low unemployment rate has encouraged people to seek our area out for employment," Yoxsimer said.

Bill Lorch flew in from Grants Pass, Oregon to get his foot back into the industry again.

"We just know how tough it is in this country right now, job-wise, and people are gonna do what they can to go to work," Lorch said.

Prospective employees are coming prepared. Recruiters are conducting interviews right inside the hotel. Some even came hours before the doors opened, hoping to jump ahead of the crowd, and onto the opportunities.

"You need a job to have a living," said Dallas resident Joseph Akpofure. "So where ever the job is, is not an issue. The issue is getting the job. I can drive like, 24 hours to get a job, I don't care."

On Saturday, Chevron recruiters are back at it again at the Double Tree Hotel in downtown Midland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They say to come prepared with resumes and interview attire.
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