The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

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April 14, 2012

Job fair set for Wednesday

DANVILLE — Representatives from at least 60 local businesses will recruit potential new employees Wednesday at Danville Area Community College’s Career Connections Job Fair.

The annual job fair, which started in 1995, is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, in Mary Miller Gymnasium.

The job fair offers students and community members an opportunity to meet with area employers who have current or near-future job openings.

At least 60 organizations and employers have registered for the job fair, according to Brenda Shanks, DACC Career Services office assistant. Shanks said additionalemployers are welcome to show up the day of the event and set up a booth.

“That morning they can come in if they want, and we’ll accommodate them,” she said.

“There’s no charge, but they need to be set up by between 8 and 9 a.m.,” Shanks said.

Shanks said the job fair always draws a large crowd.

“Last year, 600 to 700 came through — that’s the public and students,” she said.

The year before that, nearly 900 attended the event.

Job fair participants are encouraged to dress for an interview, bring multiple resume copies, be prepared for an on-the-spot interview and not bring any children to the event.

The job fair also coincides with annual State University Transfer Day. For the third year in a row, representatives from several Illinois universities will be on hand at the job fair to discuss university transfer options.

“Anybody can go to that part,” Chris Cornell of DACC’s marketing department said about meeting with university representatives. “But we offer it because it’s definitely aimed for our students because we want them to go here for two years and then transfer to a university.”

Shanks added, “It gives them an idea who’s out there and gives them an opportunity to talk to a university representative.”

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