Joint Job Fair Draws Hundreds

By KBJR News 1

April 23, 2012 Updated Apr 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -On Monday two congressmen teamed up to help their constituents get a leg up on the entire process.

For everyone, the job search is different and for many it's a trying process.

"To find a job is very important to me. I've got some other problems that keep me from working on my feet for a long time so I thought here may have something I could do where I am not on my feet for a long time," said Shannon Burger, who has been searching for a job for almost two years.

Burger attended a joint job fair put on by Minnesota Congressman Chip Cravaack and Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, where those searching for a job were able to fine tune themselves on paper, and in person.

"Coming here to the job fair you're learning about new places that might need your qualifications," said Burger.

The job fair was put together to help combat the 8.2 percent unemployment rate the entire nation faces.

Also available was assistance to those serving, or have served in the military.

"There are a lot of people that especially with this veteran sticker kind of point you out.," said veteran Jonathan Bouvine.

Bouvine will head to Afghanistan next April...and while he has a job to come home to after his time over seas...he says the job fair has helped him see other opportunities for when he gets back.

"In the army I am an equipment operator so something like this truck driving businesses and stuff like that...that is what interests me," said Bouvine.

The use of social media was also a highlight of the job fair...making sure job seekers are up to date with the latest ways to meet and stay interactive with employers.

"This is the first job fair I have ever been to and I didn't really know what to expect but this has been a great learning experience," said Jenaye Pearson, a veteran out searching for a job.

More than 50 employers took part in today's job fair and by noon around 350 people had already stopped by.