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Dozens of businesses represented at Placer County Job Fair Oct. 9

By: Gloria Young, Journal Staff Writer
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The economic slowdown means fewer employers have signed up for a booth at the fall Placer County Job Fair. But there are still plenty of options for job seekers, according to Cindy Burris, fair coordinator for the Business Advantage Network. The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. For details, visit the Web site: www.placer.ca.gov/jobfair. “We will have more than 60 businesses,” she said. Several state agencies will be represented, including the Conservation Corps, Department of Justice, Department of Corrections, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and the Franchise Tax Board. And workshops at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. will discuss how to get a state job. Burris suggested that those interested in hearing the presentation arrive early to get a seat. “They are usually very well attended,” she said. Placer County will be represented by officials from the personnel, probation and sheriff’s departments. As in past years, there will be resume critiquing — this time provided by Blue Ribbon Personnel of Auburn, Ajilon and Randstad staffing agencies. Attendees also will have access to free copying services. Among first-time participants will be Hickory Farms, UPS and the FBI. With winter just around the corner, three ski resorts — Boreal, Sugar Bowl and Northstar — will be on hand. Boreal Mountain Resort representative Nate Ellis will take applications and explain the types of positions available at Boreal and Soda Springs, human resources director Cookie West said. The two Sierra resorts have positions available in operations, rental services, ticket sales, ski school instruction for adults and children, and in the playland tubing area. “At Soda Springs, we have a whole area just for little kids, so we are looking for people who like to deal with families and children for over in that area,” West said. The jobs typically last from November through the middle of April, with many workers commuting from down the hill. “We’re hoping people come in and group themselves together,” West said. “Instead of one person coming from Auburn, they come in threes or fours, so they can carpool. We’re perfectly willing to work their hours so they can stay in a carpool because we realize that gas is expensive.” For those less snow-sport inclined, the U.S. Census bureau will be at the job fair looking to fill jobs for the 2010 census. Those interested should visit the U.S. Census Web site for more information and the pre-employment test, Burris advised. In fact, all of the job seekers should do some advance preparations. “We highly recommend that they go to the Web site and look at what businesses are going to be in attendance, because for a lot of them, they need to apply online,” Burris said. “It looks better to employers if they’ve done that — that they’ve done their homework on the company — very important.” Equally important is to dress properly for interviews and bring lots of resumes, Burris added. Biotechnology Calendar, one of the participating firms, is donating an iPod to be given as a door prize. Sponsors of the job fair include Placer County, Gold Country Media, Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. The Journal’s Gloria Young can be reached at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com or comment at Auburnjournal.com.