Juneau Job Fair to be held today

35 employers will be at Centennial Hall to greet job-seekers

Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Despite the economic slump, about 35 employers will be at Centennial Hall today to promote their businesses amongst job-seekers at the Juneau Job Fair.

The fair, running from 2 to 6 p.m. today, is held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, and is co-hosted by the Juneau Empire and the Juneau Job Center, a project of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

"It's a good thing for the community, to know that these employers are involved and they want to be employing local people," said Empire employment advertising specialist Anavera Morato. "Whether or not they are employing people right now, the fact that they are even coming is showing their involvement in the community and that they want people."

Morato believes the economy has affected this aspect of the employment industry, with about 10 less employers participating this year.

"But we're still expecting perhaps an even larger turnout because of the higher unemployment rate," she said.

About 300 to 400 people usually attend the fall job fair, with 600 attending in the spring, according to Empire employment advertising specialist Lolita Cook.

"This is time around, it will be a smaller number of employers, but also we'll have a higher number of job-seekers, because the tourism season is over, so they're all looking for new jobs," Cook said.

Morato added that the job fair is not just for people who are looking for jobs.

"It's for people who may be currently employed who are looking for something better," she said. "It's for both the passive and active job-seeker."

Both employment advertising specialists believe the job fair helps people get in contact with the employers in the area, helping them get started.

"I think it helps them be motivated," Cook said. "So if there's a job fair, they'll get up and go to it, instead of going to the Job Center, which they're also welcome to do. But here there's a concentration of employers all in one place."

"It helps employers collect qualified candidate pools of prospective employees," Morato added. "It's also a good way for employers to come out for the community."

Job seekers should bring a resume and be prepared to be interviewed on the spot.

"And bring a good attitude," Cook added.

For more information, e-mail classified@juneauempire.com or go to juneauempire.com/jobfair.

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