Job fair will help employers, workers

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Kenai Peninsula College will host the first Kenai Peninsula Job and Career Fair March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Brockel Building.

The Peninsula Job Center, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District and KPC are organizing the event. The group came together to form a partnership committed to promote a healthy economy. The Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium, Peninsula Clarion and the Division of Alaska Workforce Investment are supporting sponsors of this important communion of employers and job seekers.

Unemployment is high on the peninsula, while at the same time some companies have trouble finding qualified workers. The job and career fair will invite companies, agencies and small businesses to come looking for workers. It will be a good opportunity to spotlight why they may be great employers and give them face-to-face exposure to a large number of job seekers. Companies will be interviewing on-site, and some will take resumes for future interviews.

If your organization would like to register for a booth at the fair, call the Peninsula Job Center at 283-2900. There is no charge, and a hospitality room will be provided for the employer vendors.

If you are looking for a job, this event has been designed for you. The Peninsula Job Center encourages you to come prepared. It's not too early to start working on your resume. If you need help with your resume, call the KPC Career Center at 262-0337 or the Peninsula Job Center to schedule an appointment.

You will want to be prepared with plenty of copies and be ready to be interviewed if offered the opportunity. It never hurts to dress for success and practice your interview skills. Computers will be available in the KPC library for job seekers to look at Peninsula Job Center's list of all available employment on the peninsula.

If you are looking for training so you can land one of these great jobs, KPC will have advisers from various vocational and academic programs available to tell you how to get started. The job and career fair will have plenty of seasonal job opportunities available for students and others who do multiple things for a living.

Everyone involved in the organization of the Kenai Peninsula Job and Career Fair hopes to bring together those who need jobs with those who can offer jobs.

Alaskans need to respond to the employee needs of the businesses and companies on which they depend. Workforce development is needed to train Alaska workers, and that's why KPC is the right place for what could be the most important fair of the year.

Keep reading this column for updates on which companies, businesses and agencies will participate.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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