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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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DWD and Fox Valley Workforce Partners: Time Running Out to Register for Free Admission to One-of-a-Kind Fox Valley Career Expo May 21

Register today for chance to meet over 90 employers with jobs in all sectors, at all pay ranges

APPLETON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and Fox Valley workforce partners are urging job seekers throughout the area to register now to meet over 90 employers May 21 in Oshkosh with hundreds of openings to fill, some paying twice the average Wisconsin wage and beyond. Time is running out to pre-register and complete the steps necessary to gain admission to this one-of-a-kind recruitment event.

"The opportunities available are truly across the board," said Debra Cronmiller, DWD Job Service Director for the Fox Valley. "We have employers recruiting for jobs at every level of employment from entry level to experienced, degreed, professionals. In manufacturing, for instance, the types of opportunities include entry level assemblers and technicians, welders and fabricators, HVAC techs, all the way up to and through engineering, finance and human resource professionals at the $100,000-plus level."

Cronmiller said registered employers have jobs available in healthcare, education, sales, finance, retail, transportation and logistics. Registered employers range from small businesses to international corporations, with recognizable organizations, such as Kohler, Quad Graphics, Marinette Marine, Neenah Foundry, Alta Resources, Johnsonville Sausage, Schneider National and Time Warner Cable. The event will be at the Sunny View Expo Center, opening from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for veterans and from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for all pre-screened job seekers.

"Name the position, and it's likely we have one company trying to find this type of worker at this time," she said. "And again, salaries range from minimum wage jobs to finance and engineering, jobs with top pay."

The May 21 event marks the first time the Fox Valley is hosting a career expo, which takes recruiting to a new level by requiring participating employers to have openings to fill, and by requiring job seekers to register in advance and complete a pre-screening process. Job Service staff organizing the say as many as 1,500 job seekers could attend career expo. The May 21 event also marks the first time a career expo will also feature a Virtual Career Expo for registered participants to connect online through June 13.

“If you're unemployed, register now for the expo; if you have a job, but want a better one, you too should register today," Cronmiller said. "If you're not sure whether you have the right skills, we are ready to help you with an assessment as part of the registration process. At the local job centers, and at the expo, you also can use our new job search tool, Skill Explorer, to search based on your skills and experience, not by job titles. We have employers ready to hire, and we and our partners are working as one team to help make the connection."

Interested job seekers must pre-register and secure a ticket for admission to the Career Expo. To do so, they must complete a simple registration process:

Visit www.JobCenterofWisconsin.com, and register or update your information;

Use the Job Seeker Tools on the site to create or update a resume and complete a self-assessment survey (be sure to print copies for the final step); and

Meet with an employment specialist at a local Job Center to review the resume and self-assessment survey, review steps in the job application process, and receive an admission ticket. Job Center staff are available during regular Job Center hours now through Tuesday, May 20.

For News Media: Reporters who wish to interview Debra Cronmiller, Job Service Director for the Fox Valley Area, can either call her at (920) 968-6308 or DWD Communications at (608) 266-2722.

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