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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A job fair in Tucson attracted more than 100 employers and hundreds of jobseekers Friday.

Tucson College says it holds a career fair twice a year to help its students and to give back to the community.

The college says its fair is one of the largest in Tucson.

If there are jobs, there sometimes seems to be a disconnect with the jobseekers.

Job and career fairs can help make that connection.

At this year's Tucson College Fall Career Fair KOLD News 13 talked with several people who were finding the Tucson job market tough.

Jobseekers say in these days of online job applications and no way to make a face-to-face first impression it can be difficult.

"I think it is hard to connect with the employers because a lot of it's really impersonal," says jobseeker Shanna Fouts.

"I expected like coming to a city that it would really easy to find a job, that there'd be a lot out there and there isn't really. I've had a really hard time finding a job and I've been looking for a few months," says jobseeker Erin McCoy.

Tucson's mayor stopped by the career fair.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says he hears plenty of employers are looking for qualified workers while qualified workers are looking for those jobs.

Rothschild says, "What I'm hearing is that there's a lot of people out there who are ready to go to work and qualified. So that's a good thing for our economy. We have jobs that are available and we have workers. The trick is getting them connected."

The hope is that the Tucson College Career Fair might have gone a long way toward doing that.

There were employers from several sectors at the fair, both in the private and the government sectors.

Tucson College teamed up with CareerBuilder and Hiring Our Heroes.

Hiring Our Heroes works to find jobs for veterans and military spouses.

Veterans say they want prospective employers to know what they bring to the table.

"We have skills we can offer that can help the employers. We're dedicated. We are willing to do what it takes to get the jobs done," says Army veteran Calvin Martin.

"It's a matter of getting an interview, getting your foot in there. So that's really the hard part. You fill application after application. It's a little intimidating," says Marine Corps veteran Shane Fischer.

Tucson College holds two career fairs a year.

The next one will be in the spring.

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