MC Job Fair: Where workers and jobs go to meet

Nearly 40 firms will attend Fair at MCC Centra

Job seekers of all ages are expected to attend the 11th Annual Miles City Job Fair at Miles Community College (MCC) on Thursday.

The attraction? Thirty-eight employers who are looking to hire.

The free event, a collaboration between Miles City Job Service and MCC, will be held in the Centra from noon to 4 p.m.

Cindy Erickson of Miles City Job Service, part of the state’s Job Service Montana employment network, said job seekers should bring copies of their resumes or completed generic applications, and be prepared with questions for potential employers. She also suggests dressing nice, smiling and shaking hands.

“All the job seekers we can get there, the better,” Erickson said in a phone interview. 

Currently, there are 38 employers signed up, which is around average, Erickson said.

Companies looking to hire include Holy Rosary Healthcare (HRH), Town Pump, Maurices and more.

According to Erickson, HRH is a regular at the job fair. 

Jessica Kuipers, HRH marketing and communications specialist, said participating in the job fair is important for HRH because it helps them find employees necessary to keep up with the services they provide for the community. 

What’s unique about HRH is that they are open 24/7 so there’s a variety of hours available, Kuipers said in a phone interview.

The job fair is also the place for entrepreneurs.

Miles City Area Economic Development Council (MCAEDC) and the Southeast Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) will be at the fair, but not to hire. Instead, they’ll provide information on how people can open their own businesses. 

“They may come in looking for a job but in the back of their mind be wanting to start their own business,” MCAEDC Executive Director Tracy Baker said in a phone interview. 

Baker said the groups can help with loans and business plans, and review finances.

SEMDC Executive Director Jim Atchison said the job fair is also a great opportunity for the development organizations to network with employers, and determine how they can help.

Erickson said job seekers and employers alike enjoy the job fair because they get to meet each other face-to-face. Companies have the added benefit of networking with other businesses.

The job fair is sponsored by Stockman Bank and the Miles City Tourism and Business Improvement District. 

(Contact Ashley Roness at starnews@midrivers.com or (406) 234-0450.)