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W’bago works to connect people with jobs

May 22, 2012
Jodelle Greiner - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

WINNEBAGO - Winnebago is putting out the welcome mat for job seekers.

The Winnebago Job Fair will be 5-8 p.m. May 31 at the Municipal Building. The event is free to job seekers.

Businesses committed to coming are:

o Crown Tonka, which makes walk-in coolers;

o Corn Plus, ethanol plant;

o Continental Carbonic, dry ice;

o Kerry Ingredients, cereal;

o KBEW, radio station.

"We'd love to have a few more businesses join up," said Winnebago City Administrator Austin Bleess.

Seeing "Help Wanted" signs around town led Winnebago Economic Development Authority into discussions with businesses looking for workers.

"It dawned on us one night we should do something to help workers and employers," Bleess said.

"There's a need now," he said, adding that if it is still there in six months, "I'm sure the EDA will be open to doing it again."

Bleess hopes the Job Fair will be a draw.

"We're trying to reach out to Fairmont and Mankato for employees," he said.

"The goal of the Winnebago EDA is to promote the community," Bleess said. "Part of that is to make sure the employers have the employees they need. It's just a piece of the economic puzzle."

Bleess recommended coming with a cover letter and resume in hand.

"It's good to put your best foot forward and treat it as if you are on a job interview, even if it's not a formal interview," he said.

"The best advice is to come prepared like you're going to a job interview," agreed Bill Meyer, business service specialist for Fairmont Workforce Center. "A lot of people will see you there. It's the first step in the job interview."

He had some practical advice for job seekers in how to prepare:?"Dress one level ahead of the position you want," he said. For instance, if you want a welder's job, wear khakis with a nice shirt.

Fairmont Workforce Center has programs to help job seekers improve their chances of landing employment. For more information, call (507) 235-5518. Or visit: www.positivelyminnesota.com/JobSeekers/online

 
 

 

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