2017 Western Montana Career Fair
Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair will be April 27th at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event is organized by the Missoula Job Service staff and made possible by local business partners and sponsors. The format makes it easy and affordable to put your openings in front of actual job seekers who are actively looking to get hired or to change jobs. Call the Job Service today or register online for the Job Service Career Fair!
The annual Missoula Job Service Career Fair is western Montana’s largest Career Fair. It will be held April 27th at the Hilton Garden Inn. Typically around 100 employers will attend. Early sign ups tell the Job Service 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.
Employers have told the organizers that they have had their best results when they post all jobs they are looking to fill. This is important since a job seeker with an IT background might stop by digital businesses, but might overlook an accounting firm or a graphic design company. Businesses are also encouraged to bring job descriptions and applications or links to their application sites.
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.
Update your resume and give some thought to the type of jobs you are interested in. A list of employers – with live links to their Jobs or HR page, if available, can be found 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
The Missoula Job Service offers a variety of free services for both employers and job seekers, including:
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!