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Posted on: January 13, 2023

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER TO HOST JOB FAIR

Job Fair

MIAMI – Employers from across Ottawa County will gather Feb. 9 at the Miami Civic Center for a countywide job fair.
The event is a joint effort between the Miami Area Economic Development Service Inc., the Northeast Workforce Development Board, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Penmac Staffing Services, Express Employment Professionals, Staff Management/SMX and the City of Miami.
The job fair will run from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, and transportation will be provided to those in need through Pelivan. Contact the local Pelivan office at 855-PELIVAN 24 to 48 hours in advance to make arrangements for transportation. There will be no fee for those needing transportation to the event.
“This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking employment to apply and interview for open positions,” said Shannon Duhon, CEO/President of the Miami Area Economic Development Service Inc. “We know there are individuals who lost their jobs right before the holidays, and we know there are others who have actively been trying to secure employment. This job fair will provide them an opportunity to meet with employers and interview for open positions that day.”
A recent meeting between job fair organizers stressed the need to connect those seeking employment with companies in need of employees. According to Duhon, all area staffing organizations have numerous open positions they are trying to fill for area businesses and industry.
“There is no shortage of jobs in our area,” Duhon said. “If you are in need of employment, I strongly encourage you to attend this job fair. We have companies who are wanting to ramp up production and expand operations but have had difficulty finding employees. Our goal is to connect those potential employees with these employers.”
Attendees are encouraged to come prepared for an interview as many positions will be filled at the job fair.
“We are so excited that job seekers will be able to walk away from this event with a solid job offer in hand – potentially multiple offers,” said Sara Needham, staffing specialist with Penmac Staffing Services. “Employers will be ready to conduct interviews and accept applications onsite, so attendees should bring their resume or work history.”
According to Alicia Turley, business service consultant with the Northeast Workforce Development Board, resumes are encouraged but not required. She also noted that applicants should be at least 16 years old, although some employers have a minimum age requirement of 18.
“You will be required to have two forms of identification,” Turley said. “The two forms of identification are needed to complete all new hire paperwork. Please remember that medical marijuana cards are not considered a suitable form of identification.”
While a medical marijuana card may not be used a form of identification, those with a card are still encouraged to participate in the job fair.
“Many of our partner companies are happy to hire individuals who hold medical marijuana cards in certain positions that are not considered safety sensitive,” Needham said. “We look forward to discussing all of these open job opportunities with all job seekers.”
In addition to job opportunities, there will be hiring incentives and drawings for various prizes throughout the event.
“We are still working on the final incentives and prizes, but we want to celebrate each person who is hired during the job fair,” said Gretchen Evans, workforce center manager for the Miami office of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
For a full list of open positions, applicants should e-mail Duhon at sduhon@miami-ok.org or Turley at alicia.turley@northeastworkforceboard.com.
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