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Thursday, May 21, 2015
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More than 100 Employers to Recruit for Over 2,000 Job Openings at May 28 Milwaukee Career Expo, State Fair Park

Job seekers urged to register now; openings span manufacturing, health care, transportation

MILWAUKEE – More than 100 employers will recruit for over 2,000 job openings, ranging from skilled positions in manufacturing and health care to entry-level positions in service and retail, at the Milwaukee Career Expo on Thursday, May 28, at State Fair Park. The event is being coordinated by the state Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in partnership with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB).

"Partnering with the MAWIB enables us to reach more employers and job seekers while making stronger employment connections for Milwaukee Career Expo attendees," DWD Milwaukee Job Service Director Carol Burgett said. "With over 2,000 job openings to fill, we are urging job seekers to register today by visiting your nearest Job Center, completing the required pre-screening and obtaining a ticket to attend the event."

Unlike most traditional job fairs, Career Expos are open only to employers with current job openings and job seekers who are pre-screened for work readiness in advance.

The Milwaukee Career Expo will feature employer job openings in manufacturing, such as CNC machinists, starting at $15 to $27 an hour, and maintenance mechanics starting at $19 to $24 an hour. Demand in the health care sector continues for registered nurses, with starting pay at $25 an hour. Employers will be recruiting for openings in other occupations, such as engineers with annual pay as high as $85,000 and commercial truck drivers who can make a starting wage up to $50,000 a year.

Registered businesses include: AT&T, Aurora Health Care, Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Costco, DRS Technologies FedEx Smart Post, FABCO Equipment, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Milwaukee Brewers, Pepsi Beverages Company, Quad/Graphics, Roundy's, Schneider National, Therm-Tech of Waukesha, Time Warner Cable and U.S. Cellular. Employers interested in attending the Milwaukee Career Expo must register at WisconsinCareerExpo.com by Friday, May, 22.

"Our organization is pleased to partner with DWD on the coordination of the Milwaukee Career Expo," said Jovo Potkonjak, MAWIB Special Projects Manager. "Participating employers are ready to hire qualified individuals for their job openings. We highly encourage job seekers to register, update resumes and practice interviewing skills for possible onsite job interviews at the event."

Organizers have invited nearly 59,000 job seekers in the Milwaukee metropolitan area to pre-register, and hundreds have obtained entry tickets. The Career Expo will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at State Fair Park Expo Center. Job seeker attendance will be limited to U.S. military veterans at 10:30 a.m. General admission will begin at 11 a.m.

DWD and MAWIB recommend that registered job seekers check the list of participating employers, then visit JobCenterofWisconsin.com to learn more about the positions that employers are trying to fill.

Interested job seekers are urged to pre-register by completing a simple registration process:

  1. Visit JobCenterofWisconsin.com, and register or update your information;
  2. Use the Job Seeker Tools on the site to create or update a job match profile and complete a self-assessment survey (be sure to print copies for the final step); and
  3. 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 Wednesday, May 27.

For News Media: Reporters, who wish to interview Carol Burgett, Job Service Director for the Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin, can either call her at (414) 267-3268 or DWD Communications at (608) 266-2722.

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