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Jobs expo attracts hundreds

Posted: October 20, 2012 - 11:01pm
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Bonnie Scheidecker collects information at the Wells Fargo booth with her daughter, Lena, 19-months, during the Juneau Job Fair at Centennial Hall on Friday.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Bonnie Scheidecker collects information at the Wells Fargo booth with her daughter, Lena, 19-months, during the Juneau Job Fair at Centennial Hall on Friday.

Job seekers and employers met over resumes and door prizes Friday at the Juneau Jobs and Career Expo.

The twice yearly expo hosted 35 businesses and government agencies and nearly 400 job seekers in the main room at Centennial Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Juneau Job Center and the Juneau Empire.

Being on the cusp of summer seasonal work, the spring expo sees a substantial uptick in employers and job seekers. Spring can bring in more than 50 employers and up to 1,500 job seekers.

“In the past, we held one expo a year, but some employers said ‘we need to take on people in the fall as well,” Niki Cowis, with the Juneau Job Center said. “These employers are the ones who have more year-round jobs.”

Job seekers should always come prepared with a resume, sharp appearance and be ready to sell themselves.

“Dress for success. We like to tell people to practice that 30-second advertising of yourself,” Cowis said. “You can tell the people who have done that because of the way they come to the table, they are well dressed and ready to make a good impression.”

Job seekers have access to computers and internet at the expo in case they need access to or make changes to resumes.

If waiting until next spring is too long, those looking for employment can also visit DOL's Alexsys website ( The job center also helps with retraining, jobs skills and job search workshops.

Christian Veliz, branch manager for Key Bank in Mendenhall Valley, said the expo went well.

“We had a great turnaround of individuals submitting resumes with us,” Veliz said.

Key Bank has two open positions in their downtown location and positions in Ketchikan, Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Veliz said he expects Key Bank to have a booth at the spring jobs expo.

“Perhaps if we don’t have positions in Juneau, then for people who are looking for positions, whether in Alaska or throughout the nation,” Veliz said.

State Trooper Brian Barlow said potential applicants should research the job and consider its requirements before applying to be a trooper.

“It is a career path and a professional one at that,” Barlow said. “Our standards are high and we have high expectations. People should come in prepared.”

Being Alaskan helps.

“We recruit from across the country, but our focus is Alaska,” Barlow said. “People that live here, know our climate and communities, along with what Alaska has to offer, typically do better in our process.”

The next Jobs and Career Expo is scheduled for March 12, 2013.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at




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