March 6, 2019 — For the fourth time, Three Rivers Casino Resort is opening the doors to its event center, 5647 Highway 126 in Florence, for the free Florence Community Job Fair. This year’s fair is on Thursday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“This event is for job seekers of all ages,” said event organizer Pam Hickson, recruitment specialist for Three Rivers Casino Resort and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI). “It’s an assortment of vendors who are actively recruiting, along with resources for job seekers and even volunteer opportunities.”
This year has 40 confirmed vendors — nearly double the first year’s total of 24.
“Nearly 80 percent are returning vendors, but there are quite a few that are new. It’s a diverse mix of trades and industry, retail, healthcare and more,” Hickson said.
Plus, it’s a mix of local businesses and opportunities as well as more regional options. Nearly 350 people attend the event each year.
“It’s a ‘one stop shopping’ event that is free and open to the public — a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with locals who are currently hiring and actively recruiting for the upcoming season,” Hickson said.
According to the Oregon Employment Department, employment in Oregon is on the rise, with 28,200 new jobs added between January 2018 and January 2019. Many of those positions were added in the transportation, warehousing and utilities fields, along with construction and manufacturing.
The Florence Community Job Fair has several trucking companies included in the vendor list.
“It’s an industry lots of people don’t think about,” Hickson said. “But with the low unemployment rate, that means they are actively recruiting.”
Three Rivers Casino Resort is also actively recruiting, with positions available in its restaurants and facilities and even on the casino floor.
“March is when we start gearing up for our busy summer season,” Hickson said. “We’re actually looking to hire table games dealers. There is a four-week paid training that goes with that.”
Other opportunities are more specific to youth. The south doors to the event center will be open to allow access to those under 21 years old so applicants can hear about Job Corps, community colleges and other educational options.
This year, the ASPIRE program is bringing three rounds of Siuslaw High School students as part of a field trip. Other students are also able to drive themselves.
Besides the actively recruiting employers, WorkSource Lane and Goodwill Job Connections will have resources for those beginning or continuing their job search. This includes tips for writing a résumé and cover letter and ways to prepare for an interview.
As people meet and interact with the vendors at the event center, they can proceed to a bank of computers to complete online applications or fill out their paper applications.
“It’s a chance to meet one on one and put yourself out there,” Hickson said, adding that serious applicants should treat the entire fair as an interview. Attendees at the job fair are encouraged to bring several copies of their résumés and wear professional attire.
Hickson added, “It creates this seamless process for people to find out about a job, turn in their résumé and fill out an application. It’s a one-stop shop.”
The fair is made possible through Three Rivers, which started the job fair four years ago to get everyone in the same room. People who were looking for jobs, a new direction, internships or volunteer opportunities could meet with businesses who had job openings, education information or other options.
“Local businesses and applicants both know the challenges when applying for jobs and locating resources as well. The Community Job Fair brings all those parties and resources together to form a network in our local community,” Hickson said.
The event also formed stronger connections between the coastal community and the greater region as people learn about volunteering and ways to get involved in the community. This works for people of all ages and backgrounds.
“Our 40 vendors are excited to talk one on one with people and connect them with resources,” Hickson said. “The Community Job Fair is free not only for the attendees, but for the vendors. It’s not just for job seekers.”
For more information, visit the Community Job Fair Facebook page or stop by www.threerivers