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Job fair offers an opportunity to meet with nearly 90 potential employers

Plans are underway for the second annual Black Hills Regional Job Fair to be held Thursday, March 23 in Rapid City from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ramkota Inn.

Employers and job seekers from the entire region are encouraged to participate and discuss opportunities for full-time, part-time and summer positions. The Black Hills Society for Human Resource Management will staff a job search assistance booth to help job seekers. Nearly 90 employers have made plans to be present at the job fair.

Building on the success of last year's fair, the committee members are planning for an even larger event this spring. The first Black Hills Regional Job Fair last year featured 58 employers. More than 950 job seekers from a 100-mile radius attended last year's event. The fair resulted in 600 interviews and 80 offers for permanent employment.

"This event provides an excellent forum for employers to share employment opportunities with a large number of potential employees," says Peggy Schlechter, job fair co-chair. Attendees offer a diverse background of education and experience, including separating/retiring military personnel and students from Black Hills State


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University, National American University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Western Dakota Technical Institute.

The Black Hills Regional Job Fair is sponsored by the South Dakota Career Planning and Placement Association. The event is a regional effort with post-secondary schools, community agencies and area employers represented on the committee. Committee members include Black Hills State University, Black Hills Society for Human Resource Management, Career Learning Center and Job Service of South Dakota, Custer State Park Resort Company, Ellsworth Air Force Base Family Support Center, Kelly Services, Manpower, Mileage Plus, Inc., National American University, Rapid City Area Economic Development Partnership, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Members Services Committee, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Western Dakota Technical Institute.

To reserve a booth, employers should call 341-0100 or fax a request 341-6066.

All job seekers from throughout the region are encouraged to attend at no charge.