Job Service Career Fair Says Employers Are Hiring NOW.

2017 Western Montana Career Fair

Thursday afternoon, April 27th, the annual Job Service Career Fair will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula.

The Job Service says over 90 businesses are registered and they say they are looking for employees of all skill levels — including skilled, professional and entry level employees.  There are manufacturers, medical offices, hospitals, contractors, service companies and much, much more.  A list of all the businesses and organizations signed up is shown below and updated frequently.  Post-secondary, specialized and apprenticeship programs will also be there with information.

If you’ve been looking for a job…or thinking now is the time to change jobs or careers, the Career Fair gives you the opportunity to get in front of the person who is actually responsible for hiring decisions.   The Job Service actively seeks businesses that have current job openings to sign up for booths.  The Job Service is also holding a free class Wednesday at 2pm for job seekers to help them brush up their interviewing and job seeking skills.

To give job seekers an additional tool to help them prepare to attend, Mountain Broadcasting has a list of employers – with live links to their Jobs or HR pages, if available, on this page.  There are also tips and strategies for your job search that may be very helpful.

At the event a map will be provided, so take a minute and make a plan before you walk into the ballroom.   New this year will be an area specifically for interviews where employers can sit down and conduct longer one-on-one interviews with candidates.

Doors open at 3 p.m. for the public.  Veterans get early admission at 2:30 p.m.!  For more information, call the Job Service at 406-728-7060.

Career Fair Employers

ADF International
Advanced Technology Group
Alcom, LLC
Allegiance
AT&T
AWARE Inc.
Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn
Big Sky Life Support
Cabela’s
Charter College
Child Development Center, Inc. 
Consumer Direct Care Network
Costco
Daily’s Premium Meats LLC
Disabled American Veterans
Elite One Source Nutritional Services
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves
Express Employment Professionals
Fabricon
Farmers Insurance – District 14
Glacier Bancorp
Herberger’s
Hi-Noon/Noon’s/Diamond Jim’s
Home Instead Senior Care
Horizon Credit Union
Jones Brothers Trucking
Kalispell Regional Medical Center
KPAX
Laborers Local 1686
LC Staffing
Lowes of Missoula
Matco Tools
Missoula Bone & Joint & Surgery Center
Missoula College
Missoula County Public Schools
Missoula Correctional Services
Missoula Developmental Service Corporation
Missoula Economic Partnership
Missoula Federal Credit Union
Missoula Fresh Market and Orange Street Food Farm
Missoula Job Service
Mobile Vet Center
Monida Healthcare Staffing Solutions (MHSS)
Montana Ace Hardware
Montana Air National Guard
Montana Army National Guard
Montana Code School
Montana Conservation Corps
Montana Department of Transportation
Montana Registered Apprenticeship Program
Montana State Approving Agency (SAA)- Veterans Education
Mountain Broadcasting & Digital
MT Department of Revenue
MTC – Job Corps
North West Home Care
Northwestern Energy
Nuverra Environmental Solutions
onXmaps
Opportunity Resources, Inc.
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Partners in Home Care
Providence Health and Services
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Roseburg Forest Products
Sage Technical Schools
SEI, LLC
Sheehan Majestic
Sletten Construction
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Spherion Staffing and Recruiting
Team Rubicon
The Goodman Group
The Lifelong Learning Center
The Missoula Family YMCA
The Resort At Paws Up
The Springs at Missoula
Town Pump
TrailWest Bank
US Army Recruiting
VA Montana Healthcare System
V-Tec:  Vehicle Technician Services, Inc. 
Valor House
Vesta, A Lubrizol Company
Wellness Institute of Montana
Wendy’s 
West Coast Training
Western Montana Clinic
Western Montana Mental Health Center
Youth Homes

The Missoula Job Service offers a variety of free services for both employers and job seekers, including:

Job Seekers

Employers

  • Resume Reviews & Cover Letter Assistance
  • Mock Interviews
  • Computer Lab with B&W Printing and Copying
  • Retraining Assistance
  • Wireless High-Speed Internet
  • Fax Machine
  • Local Phone
  • Notary Public
  • Job Postings
  • Recuitment Services
  • Labor Market Information
  • Training
  • Best Practices for Employers
  • Wage and Hour Information
  • Incumbent Worker Training
  • Employment Law Information
  • Required Posters

Employers, here is how you can make the most of career fair:

Job Service Missoula takes care of the venue, advertising, organization, and scheduling for the annual career fair. It draws hundreds of job seekers who are looking for a new job, a better job, and sometimes, a first-ever job.

Here are some tips to help you get the most of your afternoon at the Western Montana Career Fair:

The Hilton Garden Inn provides:

  • A 6-foot conference table in an 8-foot space for each ticket purchased
  • Two chairs
  • Table covering
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Electric power for each table
  • Water stations
  • Interview rooms for a private conversation with a job seeker

You will need:

  • Recruitment materials
  • Electrical cords, if needed for displays
  • Promotional items or materials
  • A list of positions that you are hiring for

We have found that employers who have the best experience at the career fair are organized, engaged, and excited to meet their next employees. Here are some ways to help it go smoothly:

  • Be on time! Installation of exhibits begins at 1 p.m. Set-up should be complete by 2 p.m. The hotel ballroom is full of activity during set-up and job seekers are often waiting before the doors open. Employers who show up late present a frazzled, unprepared image.
  • Stay until the end. The career fair is only open for three hours. Employers who leave early disrupt the flow and may disappoint a job seeker who hurries over after work for the last hour.
  • Bring a partner, if possible. Volunteers will cover your table if you need a break, but YOU are the best representative of your business. Also, it can be exhausting for one person alone to greet job seekers and answer questions about your business or hiring practices. A partner can help increase the number of people you will meet.
  • Great signage attracts attention. Put some thought into how you will represent your business. Clear, attractive displays draw job seekers. Swag that includes your logo or treats is welcome and can be a conversation-starter.
  • It is helpful to display the positions you have open. A job seeker who is looking for clerical work may bypass a tech or manufacturing business unless it is clear that there is a clerical position open.
  • Engage! Potential applicants may be overwhelmed by the noise and number of exhibits. Acknowledge those who pass by with a friendly smile. Make eye contact. Ask people what they are looking for. We encourage job seekers to prepare brief elevator speeches to describe themselves and the jobs they seek. You should have your own elevator speech to describe your business, its culture, and what kind of employees you need.
  • Bring application materials. If your hiring process is strictly online, a business card or marketing materials with your web site is a helpful way to direct people to your application.
  • If you need help or advice before or during the career fair, ask anyone at Job Service. We’re here to help you succeed.
  • Have fun. The career fair is a busy, bustling, boisterous event that passes quickly. Many employers find it an effective and energizing way to meet a lot of potential employees at once. That’s why they come back every year!