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County job fair brings together employers and jobseekers

More than 20 employers will be at job fair next week

Jobseekers will find more than 20 employers looking to hire in a variety of career fields at the Columbia County Resource and Job Fair, Wednesday, April 13.

The job fair will be held Wednesday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Columbia River Foursquare Church, 555 Commons Way. A veterans-only portion of the job fair will open from noon to 12:30 p.m.

The event is designed to bring employers and jobseekers together in one place, Diana Nish, the workforce coordinator for Pacific NW Works, explained.

Pacific NW Works, an employment and job skills training program, is the primary sponsor of the event. The company is also a partner of Worksource Northwest Oregon and The Oregon Employment Department, agencies that regularly host job fairs in the community.

This year’s event will feature fewer employers than previous years, but several companies and apprenticeship programs will be on-site that have not participated in the fair before, Nish said. Two of those employers include Knife River and the Oregon and Southwest Washington Roofers and Waterproofers apprenticeship program.

Employers include health care professions, construction companies, legal aid providers, childcare providers and culinary professions. All jobs might not be in the Columbia County area, but are focused near the northwest Oregon and southwest Washington areas, Nish said.

Pacific NW Works will provide a free interview preparation class Tuesday, April 12, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the St. Helens office at 500 N. Columbia River Highway, Suite 300. Registration for the class should be completed the day prior, but anyone can participate, Nish said.

Attendees should bring an updated resume and dress professionally, as if you’re going to an interview, Nish suggested. Some employers at the

event will conduct on-the-spot interviews, and jobseekers should be prepared, she