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Job Seekers Get Help Before Northland Job Fair

Posted at: 04/09/2013 5:24 PM
Updated at: 04/09/2013 6:07 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Despite lower unemployment across the nation, many people are still looking for work in the Northland. Searching for jobs can be frustrating, but more than 50 local employers will be in one place next week for the 4th Annual Northland Job Fair.

The Minnesota WorkForce Center in Duluth hosted a workshop Tuesday to help prepare those looking for work to meet employers.

Paul Dennison of Superior attended the workshop to learn a little bit more about marketing his skills. He's been searching for a job ever since he lost his back in December. He was a bookkeeper for 15 years and at the job fair next Wednesday he hopes to find a similar job.

"I have a list of all the employers that are going to be there and I've ma   rked off all the ones that I really want to see," said Dennison.

With more than 50 companies looking to hire, Rhonda Rutford with the Department of Employment & Economic said the fair will be the biggest yet.

"We've got a ton of space so we can keep adding, it's limitless," said Rutford.

At the workshop Tuesday, the WorkForce Center focused on how to market specific skills. Rutford said most important is the first impression.

"You want to be quick, concise, and clear. A nice firm, handshake and greet them with a smile," said Rutford.

City of Duluth Human Resources Specialist, Roshanda Smiley, said when asked "tell me about yourself" the best way to make an impression is with a concise answer.

It's a little extra work, but Rutford said the prep could lead a job.

"They're going to be able to walk up to that employer for that company they really want to work for and say, this is what I can do for you," said Rutford.

The 4th Annual Northland Job Fair is Wednesday, April 17th at the DECC from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans have are welcome at 10 a.m. Parking is free at the DECC.

The Minnesota WorkForce Center is located at 402 West First Street in Duluth. They offer two more workshops before the fair.