The Deltaplex Arena hosted employers looking to fill more than 5,000 current job openings during the West Michigan Employment Expo.

Companies describe the perfect candidate as loyal, hardworking, punctual and someone with a great attitude -- if you think you meet these skills, reach out to a participating company.

"We want people who are dependable, reliable and who take this as an initiative," said Rich Berry, director of sales for Cumulus Radio.

Michigan's unemployment rate dipped below the national average for only the second time since 2000.

"Right now, with the economy being at 4.2 percent -- that's actually lower than statistically, it's basically zero," Berry said.

"Before we had too many jobs and not enough people in the early 2000s, then it changed where we had a lot of people and no jobs," said Jeff Pelletier, representative for Shape.

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Fifty companies attended the expo offering more than 5,000 potential jobs.

"These folks are adding shifts, and they're looking for people, and they really need people badly," Berry said.

Berry believes that some people looking for jobs don't necessarily see themselves in one of the positions offered. That's why, during the expo, he wanted to make sure companies were looking to add people for the long haul.

"What we're interested in is that they offer positions people can grow in," Berry said. "So that they're entry level or they're midlevel but they can have a long-term relationship with these folks and stay on for a long period of time."