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Job fair brings employers and employees together

February 1, 2013

A representative of The Career Education Program of the Owens Valley Career Development Center describes some of the program’s many vocational preparation tools to this 2012 job fair attendee. Career Education Program, one of the 2013 job fair organizers, will have a booth again this year. Photo by Marilyn Blake Philip

An upcoming job fair is designed to make career connections by introducing job-seekers to potential employers and to provide information about how to improve their marketability as potential employees this Thursday.
At the 2013 Career Connections Event, a free event open to the public, more than 15 Inyo and Mono County business and agency representatives have already committed to attend to offer job opening and application information and more.
The job fair is “an opportunity for people to find out what local employers are looking for in terms of training and education,” said Job Placement Coordinator Karen Anderson of Owens Valley Career Development Center.
The Eastern Sierra Employment Collaborators Group is sponsoring the job fair, scheduled to be held from noon-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Great Hall at Cerro Coso Community College Campus, located west of Bishop at 4090 W. Line St.
Anderson, who is also one of the job fair coordinators, said the event hours were established to accommodate a variety of schedules. Employed people looking for career advancement training or other career opportunities can attend during their lunch hour, she said, and students can make it there after school. The overall time frame also accommodates people who are making looking for a job their job until they get one.
The 2013 Career Connections Event is a bit different from the 2012 job fair, Anderson said. For one thing, “it’s bigger and better. We are doing more high school outreach this year. Big Pine and Lone Pine high schools are expected to attend, possibly their entire student bodies.”
IMACA Administrative Assistant Amy Dessaint added, “I want to encourage schools to bring their kids in” – just show up or call her at (760) 873-8778 for more information.
Another difference: Cerro Coso Community College is hosting the event this year and representatives will be available to discuss relevant certificate and degree programs.
At this new-and-improved job fair, the public will have an opportunity to speak with representatives about topics such as available career tracks and the education, training and skills they require. Employers will post current openings along with positions anticipated to be available in the future.
Applications will also be available and accepted at the job fair, Anderson said. Job-seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes, job application information and appointment books. “Always bring an open mind and a note pad,” Dessaint said.
Anderson also suggested that job-seekers dress as they would for a job interview. “If you are meeting employers, dress to create a good first impression,” she explained.
In short, come ready because some of these employers will be ready. For example, the U.S. Forest Service is recruiting for summer seasonal jobs right now, Anderson said. Other business and agency representatives currently slated to host Career Connections Event booths, are: AVON; Bishop Care Center; Community Development Department of the Bishop Paiute Tribe; CalTrans; City of Bishop; Inyo County’s Personnel, Probation, Sheriff’s and Health & Human Services departments; IMACA; Mammoth Mountain Ski Area; Mono Lake Committee; Northern Inyo Hospital; Paiute Palace Casino; Pioneer Home Health Care; Sudden Link; Toiyabe Indian Health Project; OVCDC Career Education Program; and California Indian Manpower Consortium.
In an effort to discover how the Eastern Sierra Employment Collaborators Group can provide more support, job fair attendees will be invited to complete an evaluation form to assess their interest in follow-up workshops about: filling out applications, creating resumés, filling out government applications and “navigating USA job sites,” Anderson said.
This event is being sponsored by California Indian Manpower Consortium, IMACA; Inyo County; OVCDC’s Career Education Program and Tribal TANF; USFS; NIH; Cerro Coso Community College; and Sierra Employment Services.
“Several local food vendors are expected to be there with snacks and drinks available for purchase,” Anderson said. And she encourages people to carpool to the event. “Come with a friend” because it makes the trip seem shorter although the college is only three miles from downtown Bishop – it’s even biking distance for some folks.
For additional information, call Dessaint at (760) 873-8778.

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