The Lehigh Valley's unemployment rate is at 8.6 percent, almost a point higher than the state and national average.
Nearly 1,000 job-hopefuls were hoping to get off the sidelines and back to work Tuesday.
The "Putting the Valley Back to Work" job fair was held inside the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
"Really helpful to just put a face to a company and get a feel for what offering," said Chelsea Uselding, 22.
"We're looking for people who have great customer service experience, need multi-tasking skills, problem solving and teamwork," said Sharon Kerr. of The Hartford.
Employers said dress for success, as your first impression can make or break your chances of landing a job.