Workforce Center, school partner to host Job Fair 2000

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Junior needs a summer job. If he can't find one, he will be glued to the television all summer and asking mom and dad for money.

A business needs workers. Without workers, they won't have a business. Without a business, no money will be made.

Local officials are working to merge youth with businesses to help both have a more profitable summer.

Colorado Workforce Center and the Marketing II class at Moffat County High School are working together to host Job Fair 2000 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Moffat County High School (MCHS) auditorium. Not only will employers be on hand to offer jobs, the Workforce Center will also give a presentation on how to get a job.

According to Jeannie Thornberry of the Colorado Workforce Center, job-seekers will hear a presentation before the job fair starts, explaining what employers look for in an employee, how to find a job, how to dress for interviews and other interviewing tips.

"This really is a great opportunity," Workforce Center Summer Youth Coordinator Toni Hall said. The job fair is free to both employees and employers.

This is the second year Colorado Workforce Center has co-sponsored the job fair. Last year, 11 employers promoted their business to more than 80 potential employees. Some job seekers where hired on the spot while others filled out applications and received call backs.

Most jobs offered at the fair are full- or part-time during the summer months. Hall said most are outdoor jobs, but said there will be a variety of employers on hand.

Both Thornberry and Hall agree it is important for employees and employers to meet outside the workplace.

"The job fair gives employees the opportunity to focus on employees away from the job setting," Thornberry said. "And it gives students the opportunity to be in a familiar setting when looking for a job."

"Students can meet with employers in a neutral setting," Hall said.

While no dress code has been made, Thornberry believes it is important to dress appropriately.

"They should be prepared to make a first impression," Thornberry said.

Students attending the job fair will fill out registration forms so attendees should have their Social Security number with them. If a resumr list of experiences or accomplishments has been produced, bring that as well.

With the variety of employers on hand, students need not have a specific job in mind.

"Employers at the job fair may also introduce potential employees to jobs they may not have thought about," Hall said.

The Workforce Center encourages all businesses to participate, even if they do not have any openings. Hall encouraged employers to attend the fair because they may meet the perfect future employee.

Hall and Thornberry also stressed the fair isn't just for students.

"It is not just for high school kids," Thornberry said. "But for anyone looking for work."

For more information on the job fair, call Hall at the Colorado Workforce Center at 824-3246.

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