Employers, Job Seekers Prep for Northland Job Fair

By KBJR News 1

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 7:27 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- With the annual Northland job fair fast approaching, employers and job seekers are preparing to get the most out of a unique, one stop-shop opportunity.

LHB, an engineering, architecture and planning firm in Duluth is expanding and is working to attract qualified talent.

"We really ramped up our efforts to understand how to attract young and new employees from outside the region, and also keep employees that are coming to school here and might want to stay here," William Bennet, Chief Executive Officer said.

As part of that ramp up, LHB will join more than 50 other employers at the 4th annual Northland Job fair on April, 17.

"To be able to get a pool of applicants to get out there, and even say who they are and what they do, to educate the public, it's a wonderful opportunity for them," Rhonda Rutford of the MN Workforce Center said.

It's an opportunity for job seekers as well, and many are preparing to seize it.

"One of the biggest open secrets in job search is putting yourself in an employer’s shoes," Betsy Hill, a Job Counselor said.

Through a series of job fair prep workshops, counselors are helping job seekers best market themselves to employers, like LHB.

"We have HR professionals coming into each class to be able to share insight on what makes someone impressive as they walk up to their tables," Hill said.

"We receive a lot of resumes annually, and what we look for is the skill sets that we need in the positions to service our clients,” Mark Anderson, LHB Human Resource Manager said. “Beyond that, I think we look for a cultural fit."

"It's so important to get out there and talk to people, to be networking, to be pursuing opportunities in companies that might not have a posting right now, but are going to be needing someone with their skill set," Hill said.

There are several more job fair prep classes before the fair on April, 17.

The next class is Tuesday morning from 10 to 11:30 at the Minnesota Workforce Center in Duluth.

A veteran only prep class will be held Wednesday morning from 9 to 10:30

To find a list of additional classes visit Positively Minnesota

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