Employer registration is under way now for the Missoula Job Service Career Fair, April 21, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Billed as Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair, the annual event is organized for employers to concentrate their search for workers in one three-hour gathering. About 100 employers typically attend and introduce themselves to hundreds of job seekers.
Funding from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve helps bring in qualified veterans who are looking for work. They are admitted a half-hour before the general public arrives at 3 p.m. There is no admission charge for job seekers.
Included in the registration cost for employers are a 6-foot table, table covering and two chairs, two complimentary buffet lunch tickets, Wi-Fi access and access to electrical outlets. General registration for employers is open through April 11 for $125 if space is still available. Beginning April 12, the cost increases to $195. More than 30 tables have already been reserved.
Businesses may also help sponsor the event at one of three levels. Sponsors help support the career fair and their businesses are listed in all advertising related to the event and signage at the career fair. Platinum sponsorship – $1,000 – includes table registration and unlimited lunch tickets. Gold-level sponsorship – $500 – includes table registration and two buffet lunch tickets. At the silver level, table registration is not included in the sponsorship.
Employers may register online for attendance or for sponsorship.
For job seekers, Missoula Job Service offers two workshops to help prepare for the event. On April 14 and April 16 at 2:30 p.m., a workforce consultant will coach participants on what to do before the job fair, what to do during the job fair, and what to do afterwards. There is no charge to attend the workshops, but participants must register in advance by calling 406-728-7060.