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Who: Amber Hoffman, Employment and training specialist for Job Service of Wisconsin.
Talks about: The 22nd annual Chippewa Valley Job Fair.
When: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday; open for veterans beginning at noon.
Where: Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road.
What can people expect to find if they attend the Chippewa Valley Job Fair?
Upon arrival, job seekers can expect to receive a map of the employer booth locations, as well as a list of positions employers are hiring for. Each employer will have their own booth and will have information to share about their company and job openings.
Some employers will gather resumes, some will encourage job seekers to visit their website to apply, and others will conduct on-site interviews. We recommend job seekers attend with numerous copies of their resume and dress in interview attire.
If job seekers would like assistance preparing for the job fair, such as preparing a resume, we encourage them to visit the Eau Claire Job Center Resource Room. No appointment is necessary.
How many employers and what industries will be represented?
Eighty-six employers are registered to attend, with over 1,000 job openings. These employers are not just located in Eau Claire but are scattered throughout the Chippewa Valley.
Industries include, but are not limited to: health care, social services, administration, transportation, warehouse, construction, manufacturing, food service, customer service, banking, managerial, laborers, landscaping, computer support, sales, merchandising, engineering, retail management and internship opportunities.
What kind of attendance do you expect?
Attendance varies due to the unemployment rate. Last year, we had between 350 and 400 job seekers. We are expecting around the same amount this year as well.
All job seekers are encouraged to attend, including students and individuals who are currently employed but are looking for new opportunities.
What is the goal of the event, and why should folks consider attending?
The goal of the Chippewa Valley Job Fair is to connect job seekers to employers. One of the main concerns we hear from job seekers is that most of the hiring process is now done online, and oftentimes job seekers are unable to meet with the hiring managers.
This gives everyone a chance to connect, find employment and network face-to-face. Also, due to the large number of employers attending, there is a high probability you will see companies you never considered before or even knew they existed. This is a great opportunity to open new doors and ideas.
What is the latest you hear from employers about the impact of the tight labor market, and does that make events such as the Chippewa Valley Job Fair more important than ever?
The unemployment rate is low, and employers are saying they plan on hiring more staff.
This event is very important to employers, as they are searching for quality team members. Since this is a job seekers’ market, it’s also a great event for job seekers because they can meet face-to-face with many companies and find the best career opportunity for them.
— Eric Lindquist,reporter