Black Hills Job Fair organizers tout improved candidate pool - KOTA Territory News

Black Hills Job Fair organizers tout improved candidate pool


Is that opportunity knocking?

That's what the more than 1,500 job seekers are hoping after attending the 16th Annual Black Hills Job Fair at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City on Wednesday.

More than 85 employers from around the region offered jobs in everything from healthcare and construction to retail and customer service.

Employers targeted college students, active and military reserve, as well as retired workers looking to get back into the workforce.

Black Hills Job Fair Chairman, Curt Lauinger said the candidate pool continues to improve each year.   He said it could be in response to a tighter job market.

"It's a sign that maybe there's more competition for people to find good workers.  I think it's more of a challenge to find highly skilled, qualified, motivated people," Lauinger said.

Amber Has No Horse of Rapid City, who is looking for a life change, was excited to see the possibilities offered at the Black Hills Job Fair.

"I've been stuck in housekeeping, fast food and I barely got my foot in retail," Has No Horse said.


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