Iron Range Job Fair Draws Many

Posted at: 03/19/2013 4:31 PM
Updated at: 03/19/2013 6:14 PM

The Iron Range Job Fair keeps growing. Now in its 15th year, 55 vendors signed up, and organizers expected about 1000 people to attend.

We met a variety of folks looking for work. Some were seeking part time employment to fit their school schedules. "I'm having some success. Businesses said they would be willing to work with my schedule," said Carlee Peters of Mt. Iron.

Others really want a full-time job. "I'm looking for an entry level position, to get my foot in the door. I have a lot of mechanical experience, and I'm a hard worker," said Steve Klun, of Ely.

As usual, mining booths were popular. "Many people are asking us what we're looking for and more about the industry," said Jennifer Tiedeman, of ArcelorMittal.

Other vendors were looking for people in the health care field. H.O.M.E.S., Inc. is looking for both entry level and supervisor positions. "We help people with disabilities. And this turnout has been great," said Beth Turk.

MN Workforce staff also helped people out with their resumes.

The jobless rates on the Range ticked up during the winter months.