New careers await at Centennial Hall fair

Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Forty-five local employers have registered for this fall's Job Fair today at Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau.

"There are just so many jobs," said Michael Hutcherson of the state-run Juneau Job Center, who helped organize the event. "Employers are having a tough time filling those jobs."

The Empire has sponsored the twice-yearly event with the Alaska Job Center Network for the last four years.

The fall job fair is typically a smaller affair than the spring fair, which has more employers looking for seasonal workers. Hutcherson said he expects about 400 job seekers this time, many of whom may be finishing up their summer jobs.

"It's an opportunity for those who may be being laid off from seasonal employment to pursue some full-time opportunities," Hutcherson said.

Today's job market may seem perverse and often baffling to those who don't know where to look. And the complex series of maneuvers needed to figure out who's hiring and what's needed to apply can be overwhelming. That's the benefit of a job fair, where lots of employee-hungry companies from a variety of industries are consolidated.

Hutcherson said he sought out youth-friendly employers, and companies in high-growth industries: mining, transportation, health care and the trades.

Other employers include banks, box stores and the military. City, state and federal government agencies feature as well.

The job fair runs from 2 to 6 p.m. There is no registration for job seekers. Employers that have signed up are listed with contact information at

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