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Job fair bringing together businesses with prospective employees in Auburn

By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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Approximately 20 businesses and government agencies have signed up for the Placer County Job Fair being held in Auburn Tuesday. “We wanted to get companies that actually had jobs,”said coordinator Kris Fuentes, Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln area representative for Placer County Business Development. “So (attendees) can expect to be interviewed for actual vacancies.” The fair will run from 9 a.m. to noon, rather than all day as it has in the past. “We’ve tried to address the needs of businesses and job seekers alike to shorten the time,” Fuentes said. “We’re striving for more of a meet-and-greet with recruiters.” Because of that, there won’t be the resume critiquing or career workshops that have been offered in previous years. Fuentes recommends that attendees wear interview-appropriate attire and bring plenty of copies of their resume. They should also visit the list of employers available online and submit applications in advance. “Recruiters can pull their resumes if they’ve applied online, so they can match it to the person and then have some face-to-face interaction,” she said. Booth space was free for the companies that signed up. “(The fair) saves time for businesses because they can speak to a number of people at one time rather than scheduling interviews for each person,” Fuentes said. The event has been moved to a smaller venue at the Office of Education. In the past it was held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. That’s a reflection of the slow economy, which has reduced the number of employers as well as job seekers in attendance, Fuentes said. One of the participating employers is the Placer County Water Agency. “We just want to be prepared to demonstrate the kind of employer PCWA is and certainly present any announcements for any openings we might have at that time,” said Valerie Lord, director of the Administrative Services Department at PCWA. And what does PCWA look for in a candidate? “We kind of like to use the Southwest adage, hire for attitude, train for skill,” Lord said. The job fair is hosted by the Placer County Business Advantage Network and co-sponsored by the Placer County Office of Education, Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board and the Placer County Office of Economic Development. ------------ Fall job fair When: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 26 Where: Placer County Office of Education, 11700 Enterprise Drive, Auburn Admission: Free for job seekers and free booth space for employers More information: See placer.ca.gov/jobfair