Lamar Workforce Center Hosting Customer Appreciation and Job Fair Events Thursday, September 5

This September is Workforce Development Month, an annual tradition in Colorado.  Throughout the month, the state’s Workforce Centers (a network of both state and county run employment and training offices) will be teaming with the Department of Labor and Employment to provide a variety of special events.

Workforce Development Month began modestly in 2004 with a handful of events.  Now in its sixteenth year, the annual series of events has grown to include a wide array of workshops, open houses, hiring events, employer seminars and online features. Among the first of the events will be a combination Customer Appreciation event and mini-job fair produced by the Lamar Workforce Center that will unofficially kick off Workforce Development Month.

The event will take place on September 5 at the Lamar Workforce Center (405 East Olive Street) from 2 pm to 4 pm, representatives from Walmart, the City of Lamar, Lamar Estates, and Love’s Country Store will be at the Workforce Center and eager to talk with job seekers.  They will talk with participants about current job openings and the skills and qualifications you must have to apply.  They will even do on-the-spot interviewing for some positions.

Although the atmosphere will be casual, the recruiters you’ll be talking with will be closely screening the candidates they talk with, she says.  “So be personable and ready to summarize your skills.  The goal is to leave a clear impression of the benefits you have to offer.  If you’re prepared, you could walk out of the Lamar Workforce Center on September 5 with a great job offer.”

During the same day, the Lamar Workforce Center will host an Open House which will be an opportunity for staff to tell visitors about the variety of free programs and services that can help job seekers connect with employers, make career decisions and build effective job search skills.  Employers can also learn how the Lamar Workforce Center can help them in staffing their business and strengthening their competitiveness.

And the Open House is not intended solely for new customers, says Betty Velasquez, director of the Workforce Centers in South Central and Southeast Colorado.  “The Open House is also a way to thank the job seekers and employers who have utilized our services in the past.  We want to thank the community for their support for so many years.”

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