Job slated for Saturday

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By David Giuliani

A job fair is planned for Saturday morning, with every participating organization having job openings, an official said Thursday.

From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Highlands University’s student center ballroom, the fair will focus on employees of The Connection call center, which is closing at the end of the year. From 9 a.m. to noon, the public is invited. At least 15 companies and other organizations are expected to take part.

Sharon Caballero, executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, said the fair was prompted by the recently announced closure of The Connection. In the process, she said the agencies wanted to help all job seekers.

She said job seekers should consider the fair the first interview in the hiring process. As such, she said, they should dress for success.

“This is serious. These companies are trying to find people,” she said, adding that nobody would be hired on the spot. “All of them have current job openings. The positions are from entry-level to senior management positions.”

Among the organizations looking to fill positions are BTU, Alta Vista Regional Hospital, the Police Department, the county jail and the Navy, Caballero said.

Agencies sponsoring the fair include EDC, the state Department of Workforce Solutions (formerly Department of Labor), the state Human Services Department and the Northern New Mexico Workforce Connection.

Caballero said agencies will be on hand to advise people how to obtain unemployment compensation, food stamps and other social services.

The fair will also have access to a computer lab at the student center, so people can prepare their resumes and get advice from experts, Caballero said.

The agencies will also talk to people about opportunities for training.