Local job fair provides opportunity for employers, seekers
With the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau job fair — which will feature employers such as the town’s three ski resort and several of its restaurants and hotels — just around the corner, job seekers may be in luck.
Erin O’Keefe, the Chamber/Bureau’s member services manager, said the fair is one of the best opportunities around for people to find employment — typically service and hospitality positions. It will be held Oct. 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Park City Marriott, 1895 Sidewinder Drive.
"I feel like it’s extremely important for the community," she said, adding that nearly 300 job seekers typically attend and that 28 employers will be on hand this year. "Especially for job seekers, because it allows you to have that face-to-face exposure with the employers, helping you get your foot in the door. It’s a dense space of people looking to hire and there’s a lot of opportunity."
But it’s also an important event for employers — particularly Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, which need to load up on workers to staff the upcoming ski season.
"It helps them kind of prepare (for the season)," O’Keefe said. "If you think about it, they’re the largest employers in Park City area. There are a lot of positions they have to fill, and we’re happy to assist them with that."
In addition to the fair itself, workshops for both employers and employees will be held. Employers will be shown how to use the website LinkedIn to find employees. Bill Humbert, a professional recruiter who has presented at more than 50 job fairs, will host two workshops for job seekers on how to get the most out of a job fair. Humbert’s workshops will be held at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Some easy tips for job seekers, O’Keefe said, are to bring a resume, be prepared to answer interview questions and to dress appropriately.
"That’s really important," she said, adding employers will conduct interviews at the fair. "You don’t want to walk in in your jeans and a T-shirt. You want to look professional and clean."
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