The Kansas Department of Commerce is getting ready to host its fourth annual statewide job fair on Tuesday, April 24.


     The Kansas Department of Commerce is getting ready to host its fourth annual statewide job fair on Tuesday, April 24.
     The job fair will be held from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at United Wireless Arena, located at 4100 W. Comanche St. The first hour will be open only to members of the military and their families, but it will open to the general public at 3:30.
     As of Monday afternoon,  about 70 companies had confirmed they would attend the fair, but the Department of Commerce will accept registrations until the end of this week, according to workforce response coordinator Phyllis LaShell.
     All job seekers in the state are invited to come out to the event, but LaShell wanted to make sure that southwest Kansans especially had the opportunity to attend.
     "The previous job fairs we've held were in Fort Riley, Overland Park and Salina," she said, "so we wanted to make sure that this one was in the southwest area."
     All job seekers who attend the job fair are asked to do two things. First, dress in appropriate attire, because many employers will do on-the-spot interviews with people they are most interested in Second, have a completed resume and bring multiple copies to hand out throughout the event.   
     "It's really important that job seekers come to this event as prepared as possible so they have the best chances of finding a job," said LaShell.
     If you do not have a resume or if would just like some help updating it, people will be available to help.
     The city of Dodge City is also sponsoring transportation to and from the event if needed. There will be three locations where people can be picked up: the front entrance of the Village Square mall, the main entrance of City Hall and in front of Dollar General on South Second Avenue.
     "This service will run from 2 to about 7 p.m.," said LaShell, "so people will have a chance to attend the fair at whatever time is convenient for them and also to get back when they are done."
     At last year's job fair about 50 people were hired. But not all companies responded when LaShell asked, so she estimated the number was a little higher than that.
     The job fair is sponsored by Kansas Works, Employment Support of the Guard and Reserve and the Kansas Economic Development Alliance.
     "Anyone who is looking for a job is encouraged to come out to this event," said LaShell. "There will be jobs available from entry-level to professional and every skill level in between."
     For more information about the job fair, help completing your resume or additional information, visit kansasworks.com or call (785) 577-4610.

Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com