Job seekers met those looking for help at annual Job Fair at the Soldotna Sports Center. By noon over 400 job seekers and visitors had come to Job Fair at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Record number of job seekers as well as a record number of vendors looking for workers turned out at the annual Job Fair last week sponsored by the Peninsula Job Center, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, and the Peninsula Clarion. “By noon we had over 400 people come to the Fair which is a record for us,” Marie English, with the Peninsula Job Center, told the Dispatch. By the end of the day at 4:00pm some 800 people had been through the Fair at the Soldotna Sports Center, “The purpose of our Job Fair is to get all the businesses in the community that are looking for employees or gearing up for their summer workforce to come into one location and meet with a good portion of the job seekers in the community and give them a good opportunity to see who is out there looking and the event has grown tremendously with this being our most popular year ever,” said English.
According to other participants the Job Fair gave them an opportunity to put a face with a resume or application and have a first impression of the job seeker, “We advise people to come dressed appropriately for job hunting, well groomed, with a good resume put together and to be prepared with questions for the employer that show a genuine interest. Some of the employers were prepared with applications, held interviews and hired folks on the spot, and many other made connections here today that will lead to them gaining employment. We check with employers following the Job Fair to see if they actually have hired people who came to the Fair and we are very encouraged with the actual hires we find as a result of the Job Fair,” explained English.
Job Fairs are becoming more common throughout Alaska, “All of the Job Centers throughout the state host Job Fairs and in Anchorage some of the Job Fairs are actually career specific,” added English. Not all the visitors to the Job Fair were looking for work but interested in gathering information for friends and relatives who are considering moving to the area reported several participants. The Peninsula Clarion staff greeted visitors with information welcome packets that included a free copy of the Clarion, water bottles and pens. According to Marie English the first Job Fair on the Central Peninsula was held in the Atrium of the Job Center and only had 12 vendors, “That’s a lot of growth in just 7 years,” said English.
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