Northland Job Fair Fills the DECC

Posted at: 04/17/2013 4:18 PM
Updated at: 04/17/2013 10:26 PM
By: Travis Dill

Job seekers and employers were under the same roof Wednesday at the DECC for the 4th annual Northland Job Fair.

The event was free and open to the public, but veterans got an hour to look over the booths before everyone else.

Air Force veteran Susan Burns said she drove from Bemidji for the opportunity.

“Hopefully through this job fair I might be able to find another employment opportunity that I probably wouldn't have otherwise. So it's very important. I'm glad I came today,” Burns said.

Organizers said the event has been growing for years, and 71 employers turned out this year with jobs available.

Job hunters said the straightforward and personal approach to finding a job is better than searching online.

“The internet throws you off and switches you to different schools, I mean jobs, then they try to set you up with schools and stuff. Here it's simple. Take the paper, sign the application right there, and you go from there,” Robert Givens said.

Hundreds came with resumes in hand, and professional critiques helped job seekers iron out mistakes before they handed those papers to employers. Minnesota Business Service Representative Rhonda Rutford said that a big benefit for people at the job fair.

“They can talk to employers, go home with their suggestions from their resume critique and taking what they've learned from the employers put together a rock solid resume for that employer,” Rutford said.

The event closed down at 4 p.m., but officials said they can still find jobs for people. Job hunters can find help at Minnesota Workforce Centers. Click here to find an office near you.