Career fair for Presque Isle, Cheboygan counties April 16

CHEBOYGAN – Job seekers in Presque Isle and Cheboygan counties will have a chance to apply for a variety of positions at a career fair on April 16 in Cheboygan.

Michigan Works Business Services Professional Niki Chamberlain said employers will be looking to fill everything from entry-level and seasonal positions to skilled jobs. The fair is from 1-4 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 610 Cuyler Street. Unlike career fairs in Gaylord, Alpena and Grayling, Cheboygan’s is open to the public. The others require job seekers to attend a preparation class first.

“For the Cheboygan career fair, it’s not required but highly recommended,” she said.

This year is the first Michigan Works Northeast Consortium has provided preparation classes, and they’ve gone well, Chamberlain said. She described them as “boot camps” to teach interview, resume and basic job skills. The consortium opted to leave Cheboygan’s open to the public as part of its experiment testing the efficacy of these classes.

Monday’s was the last preparation class in Presque Isle or Cheboygan County before the career fair, but Michigan Works offers classes on interview skills and resumes, Chamberlain said. Call the Michigan Works Northeast Consortium location in Onaway at 733-8548 or in Cheboygan at 231-627-4303 for more information about these workshops.

Businesses coming to the fair will be looking for positions in health care, janitorial and housekeeping, sales, food service, cashiers, bookkeepers and production maintenance, Chamberlain said. She added these are just a few examples.

“We have a lot of the same employers coming here year after year, but I have recruited a good amount of new ones as well,” she said.

Past career fairs have drawn around 400 job seekers, Chamberlain said. Those who come should dress professionally, bring a resume and be ready to fill out applications. There will also be a space available for employers to conduct one-on-one interviews.

If numbers are any indication, job openings offered at the fair are sorely needed in the area. Preliminary numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Cheboygan County had a 19 percent unemployment rate in January. Presque Isle County’s unemployment rate for the same month was at 17.1 percent. Both are well above Michigan’s unemployment rate of 7.8 percent for the same month.

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