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Northern Advantage job fair gathers dozens of employers under one roofSubmitted: 04/13/2016
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

Northern Advantage job fair gathers dozens of employers under one roof
RHINELANDER - You don't always leave a job fair with a job. But oftentimes you can leave with a number of business cards, new connections and having made a good impression. Employers hoped to share that mindset with job-seekers at the Northern Advantage Job Fair Wednesday.

More than 40 employers from five counties—including Oneida, Vilas, Langlade, Lincoln and Forest counties—set up shop at Rouman Cinema from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  It's the third time in recent years that the Job Center worked with Nicolet College and the Wisconsin Workforce Development Board to put on a fair.

For organizers, Wednesday's fair offered a chance to get as many employers under one roof as they could.

"I always tell our students that networking is the No. 1 way to find employment opportunity," said Nicolet College Career Services Director
Erika Warning. "Employers that are here today have the chance to connect with a lot of local people in one location and have the opportunity to find that right candidate."

The fair featured application stations for people to apply for jobs on the spot. Employers admit they don't always find the right employee, but they can often refer them to others.

"Somebody knows somebody that knows somebody that can help them, let them know that we're looking for people, so networking is key," said Rhinelander Walgreen's store manager Cheri Bocek.

Last year about 120 job seekers attended the fair. Organizers hoped to draw more than 200 people this year.

If you missed Wednesday's session, you can contact the Northern Advantage Job Center at 715-365-1500 or Nicolet College Career Services at 715-365-4451.

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