Job fair adds interview workshop

Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2004

More than 30 employers plan to attend this year's Kenai Peninsula Career and Job Fair.

Organizations scheduled to attend range from retailers to nonprofits, from colleges and vocational schools to branches of the armed services, and from seafood processors to oil field service companies.

The fair will see a few changes this year, beginning with where and when it will take place.

The event will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Kenai Mall. Last year the fair was held at Kenai Central High School.

Organizers hope holding the event at a more central location on a weekday and extending the hours will make the fair more convenient for job seekers to attend, according to Val Ischi, employment services manager of the Peninsula Job Center, which is sponsoring the fair along with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Another change to this year's fair is the addition of interviewing workshops.

"There are an awful lot of people who go through (interviews) without anyone telling them what's expected and how to handle themselves," Ischi said.

Sal Mattero, who retired from the human resources department of Agrium, will offer workshops designed to address that issue. Mattero will teach interviewing skills during workshops at noon and 3 p.m. Preregistration is not being offered. Each workshop is limited to the first 20 who sign up at the fair.

Job seekers who attend the fair should bring plenty of copies of their resume, according to Marie English, fair organizer and employment specialist with the job center.

As for what to wear, "Dress casual and relaxed, but clean and neat, like you would for an interview," English said.

If job seekers are targeting a particular organization, English recommends reading up on the organization in advance and notes the job center can provide literature on those participating in the fair.

In addition to serving job seekers, the fair also offers resources for employers and employees.

Sandy Cannon of the Alaska Department of Labor and Work-force Development will be on hand to answer questions about laws governing the work place, such as overtime, break, flex schedule and payroll issues.

A fair wouldn't be a fair without prizes. A number of giveaways and drawings will be held, including three $250 certificates for classes at the Center for Employment Edu-cation in Anchorage, two tickets for free tours with Kenai Fjords Tours and T-shirts.

For more information, call the Peninsula Job Center at 283-2900.

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