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More employers sought for Northland Job Fair in Duluth

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So far, about 75 employers have signed up for booths at one of the biggest job fairs in northern Minnesota — the annual Northland Job Fair in Duluth next month.

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But they can handle more.

“We would love to get more exhibitors,” said Rhonda Rutford of the Minnesota WorkForce Center in Duluth, which is presenting the event. “A total of 90 booths is my goal.”

About 1,000 job seekers are expected at the fifth annual event that will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center’s Paulucci Hall.  The first hour, however, is just for veterans, students and interns. No pre-registration is necessary, and parking will be free at the DECC.

Employers from around the Northland will be on hand to talk to job seekers about current and future job openings, from entry level to professional in a wide range of fields. Those fields include information technology, engineering, hospitality, health care, finance, utilities, mining, government, transportation and manufacturing.

Representatives from Lake Superior College and Duluth Business University also will be available to talk about the training and education that’s available for many jobs. Job seekers also can practice interviewing with employers and can have their resumes critiqued.

Only employers who issue W-2s at the end of the year are eligible to participate, which excludes many independent contractors and real estate professionals, Rutford said.

For more information or to sign up, employers can call Rutford at  (218) 302-8406, email rhonda.rutford@state.mn.us or visit mn.gov/deed/events/NJF14/index.jsp. Participating employers also are listed on the website.

To prepare attendees for the fair, free 90-minute Job Fair Prep Workshops are being held beginning this week. They will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and May 6 and at 9 a.m. April 23 and May 1 with a veterans-only workshop at 9 a.m. May 5. Register at mn.gov/deed/duluthworkshops.

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