The Morley and Outwood Jobs and Skills Fair pulled in more than 300 hopefuls looking for work.
The event was organised by the ward’s Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate Andrea Jenkyns.
Representatives from 30 organisations were there to advertise jobs and apprenticeships, and it featured high profile companies such as Yorkshire Water, BSkyB and Skipton Building Society.
Yorkshire sports magnate Sir Rodney Walker opened the event alongside Morley Mayor CounWyn Kidger.
Miss Jenkyns said: “There are lots of great opportunities in our area, whether people are seeking their first job, want to start an apprenticeship, want a change of career, or are getting back into work.
“I organised the jobs and skills fair to show people what’s on offer and to show employers the high quality of candidates they can find on their doorstep.”
The fair was sponsored by Yorkshire companies Associated Waste Management and Corecom Consulting, and featured communication and CV writing workshops carried out by Morley company into and First Choice Recruitment.
Miss Jenkyns said: “As someone who started work on the shop floor at 18, I know getting the job you want isn’t just about being able, it’s about showing your ability, so with the help of a couple of local firms we put on skills workshops to help people show employers why they’re right for the job.”
Drighlington jobseeker Tony Ashton said: “The communication workshop was interesting, an open and relaxed environment. It’s great to see so many new opportunities in Morley.”
Department of Work and Pensions figures show there are 48,000 more people in work in Yorkshire and Humberside than this time in 2013.