Juneau Job Fair is Saturday

Kensington Mine jobs among the largest number on offer

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2005

About 40 employers will meet job seekers Saturday at the Juneau Job Fair at Centennial Hall, the largest being Coeur Alaska for its Kensington Mine development.

The event, running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is co-hosted by the Juneau Empire and the Juneau Job Center, a project of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Organizers are expecting 500 will arrive on Saturday. Vendors from public and private sectors, as well as nonprofit organizations, are attending.

Coeur Alaska will need 300 employees, from geologists to office workers, during the construction phase; 200 will be on board when the mine is operational in early 2007, said Tim Arnold, vice president and general manager of Coeur Alaska.

"We have lots and lots of positions open," Arnold said. A human resource officer will come from Nevada to the job fair to assist the hiring.

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for more about the event, visit http://www.juneauempire.com/jobfair.

employers      number of jobs

1. coeur alaska inc. 13

2. fred meyer 13

3. juneau school district 12

4. alaska division of personnel 7

5. searhc 7

The company will fill about 13 spots in the near future, several requiring professional skills. Arnold said there will be many jobs that do not require mining experience and interested people can attend the fair and pick up applications and ask questions.

For those seriously considering mining jobs, the University of Alaska Southeast will be at the fair to inform them about a mining safety course the college is administering.

Federal law requires those who work in mines to have 40 hours of supervised training and the university's 32-hour, weeklong course will count toward that requirement, Arnold said.

Prior to the event, the Juneau Job Center mailed personal invitations to those in Juneau who are on unemployment. The center's regional manager Ted Burke said people looking to advance in their careers or seeking higher pay and benefits could also find employment here.

Some companies will hire on the spot, he said.

The job center works year-round with people who need assistance finding employment and impressing employers.

"I always recommend they come prepared with a resume and appropriate dress to show employers they are ready to go to work," Burke said, adding that companies will also try to make a good impression when meeting applicants for the first time.

"The professionalism comes both ways in a job fair like this," he said.

According to the Department of Labor, Juneau's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in June, less than the state average of 6.6 percent.

Lance Miller, executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Center, said Juneau needs to focus on hiring young people to replace the outgoing talent.

The labor department reported one of the state's largest growing industries is the health care sector.

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is attending and hopes to fill seven skilled positions. For the organization, human resources manager Kristina Bartolaba said the event serves another purpose.

"We want the community to look at SEARHC as an employer," rather than solely a health care provider, Bartolaba said.

If SEARHC does not have jobs available for people with other skill levels on Saturday, Bartolaba said people should check the organization's Web site for updates.

• Andrew Petty can be reached at andrew.petty@juneauempire.com



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