Though there won’t be as many companies hiring people at the LAGCOE job fair this week as there were two years ago, planners have lined up a range of seminars to help those looking for work.

The 2015 Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exhibition’s Career Fair starts at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Cajundome Arena with seminars scheduled throughout the day.

Among a host of employment sessions this week are those designed to help applicants build ré sumés, get interviews and stay motivated during the job search.

There also is a 90-minute session to help companies recruit and keep women in the workplace and a workshop geared to military veterans seeking employment.

LAGCOE Executive Director Angela Cring said there will be far fewer employers looking for workers this year than in 2013. She said there were up to 30 employers looking for workers two years ago. This year, she said, eight companies have signed up.

Cring said she also expects there will be more people looking for work than in 2013, when about 2,000 lined the halls of the Cajundome.

LAGCOE planners knew the employment environment for the oil and gas sector was strained this year, and they concentrated on offering helpful sessions.

“We’ve been getting a lot of good feedback on the programs we have this year,” Cring said.

The session on retaining women throughout the corporate structure, which is being put on by Lafayette-based Excelerant and titled “LAGCOE DRILLS,” is set for 9 a.m. Thursday on the second level of the Convention Center.