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200 flock to Mountain Area Job Fair

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By Daniel Laverty

More than 200 job seekers attended the Mountain Area Job Fair at Aspen Ridge Church on May 1, hoping to find employment close to home.

“The fair is really convenient in that I don’t have to drive around to all these places to see if they’re hiring,” said Sommer Randol of Conifer. “I’m excited to see what happens. There were a lot of different types of employers.”

Evergreen Christian Outreach teamed with the Mountain Resource Center to host the event at Aspen Ridge Church in Marshdale. The event was in its second year. 

“We have people drive up from Bailey and Pine for this,” said Lauren Ferguson, director of family opportunity for the MRC. “We have employers looking to fill full-time, part-time, seasonal, administrative and even high-level positions here.”

Fifty employers were on hand, including Safeway, King Soopers, RTD, Aflac and Bank of the West.

“We’re here today looking to fill about 20 spots,” said Bobby Winstead of Big R. The retail chain is opening a store in Evergreen in June at the former Albertsons location.

“I always recommend for (applicants) to be aware and honest of the qualities they have,” said Chris Lauer of PASCO Home Health. “You should be able to clearly tell me about your experience and why you’d be a good fit for us.”

Fifty employer booths filled Aspen Ridge Church, and an area with tables and chairs was provided for attendees to fill out applications and gather their composure.

“I’m impressed with the selection of employers here today,” said Brenda Lipps of Conifer, who was searching for part-time work.

“I am so pleased with the turnout so far today,” said Lori Frease of Evergreen Christian Outreach. “I think it really shows the importance of an event like this.”

Ferguson said a handful of companies were turned down because of limited space.

“We’re planning on hosting another job fair sometime in November,” Ferguson said. “We may have to expand into the (church’s) basement to make more room.”

Can’t wait until November’s job fair? Visit www.mountainareajobs.org for updated employment information in the mountain area. Visit  www.mrcco.org and click on “Workforce Program” under the “Programs” tab for a schedule of classes on resume writing and interviewing skills.