Local opportunities showcased at 10th Annual Peninsula Job Fair

Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Peninsula Clarion and the Kenai Peninsula Job Center teamed up again to bring together those offering career opportunities with those seeking jobs or changes in professions. "We had a really good turn out here today," said Jackie Garcia with Peninsula Job Center. "Lots of people came by who are unemployed but at the same time there were many people looking at changing jobs or pursuing a new or improved profession who turned out today to see what was available in our local community. The economy is on a slow growth and people are feeling the pinch with increased prices for fuel and utilities so people are looking for better jobs," she said. According to Garcia, some people actually found jobs at the fair. "We had three laptops available for people to fill out online applications and many of the employers were here to assist them and do live interviews. Military recruiters were here and helping those interested in fast tracking to a military career and the fair has been very helpful for people of all ages," added Garcia.

McKay Crump was at the Safeway booth and said they had openings for checkers and a produce clerk, she added that Safeway does their own training so no specific degrees are required. According to Sgt. Hughes of the Alaska State Troopers there was a lot of interest from people seeking careers in law enforcement. "A fair group have been interested in law enforcement, but a lot of other people have come by to watch the computer I have going with the Alaska State Trooper show on it which has generated a lot of interest. I think the Troopers is a career choice for anyone looking toward law enforcement, but we certainly have a lot of interest from former military folks that gravitate to us, we are a paramilitary organization with rank structure that makes it natural for military folks to come to us. But we have had interest today from college students that have an interest in criminal justice in general, which offers a wide variety of options from computer science to biology degrees for wildlife management and enforcement or a bachelors degree in business for a career in white collar crimes and of course physical fitness is a component of what we do," said Sgt. Hughes.

For those interested in looking young forever, Amanda Roberts was offering opportunities with a company called Roden & Fields, an independent beauty consultant company. "We make people look beautiful everyday and can give you the best spent minute in anti-aging," said Roberts. There were even opportunities for those who have always wanted their own radio show on KDLL public radio. "We picked up some new volunteer talent so the event was very worthwhile for us," said Allen Auxier, general manager KDLL. Overall 31 vendor booths participated in this year's Job Fair and according to Jackie Garcia 679 attended the one day event. "It was our most attended Job Fair yet, we usually have around 500 people, and all our vendor spaces were full and we even added a few at the last minute," she said.

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