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Eastern Idaho job fair begins

More than 20 businesses will be looking for new employees on Tuesday, May 18, during an Eastern Idaho Jobs and Resource Fair in Idaho Falls.

The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Idaho Technical College. It is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor (IDL), EITC, DWI Development Workshop, Cable One, Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority, Freemed, Deseret Industries and the Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership.

The Idaho Falls metropolitan area’s unemployment rate stood at 6.7 percent in April, down from 7.1 percent in March, but up from 5.3 percent in April 2009.

“This is an opportunity for people who have been thrown out of work during this recession to talk to employers who are hiring now and to meet with representatives of organizations that can help them deal with the personal and family setbacks the tough economy has forced on tens of thousands of Idaho workers,” said Windy Melgaard, IDL consultant and event organizer.

In addition to employers and representatives of government and private organizations, the fair will feature workshops on interviewing, résumé development, career search, dealing with employment barriers, veterans services and coping with financial problems:
•Dana Gneiting of Debt Reduction Services and the Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition will discuss negotiating with creditors as a helpful tool to overcome debt.
•Lori Gentillon, vice president of the Rehabilitation Development Workshop, Inc., will discuss moving on and changing careers.
•Scott Wilkinson of the Idaho Department of Corrections will discuss breaking job barriers despite having a criminal record.
•Ron Greaves, an IDL disabled veterans representative, will explain employment resources for veterans.

In addition to sponsors and presenters, vendors will include the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, Life Inc., Experience Works, Americorp, Stevens Hennegar College and the Eastern Idaho Public Health Department.

For more information, Melgaard may be contacted at (208) 557-2500, Ext. 3053.

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