DOL offering virtual job fair

The Pueblo Workforce Center is inviting job seekers to a fair today and tomorrow – but there’s no need to drive to Pueblo.

The job fair will stay open nonstop for two days and nights, and is the first of its kind offered by the Department of Labor and Employment.

At this online event, job seekers can learn about job openings, attend workshops, get assistance in creating a resume and meet with employers.

“We have been waiting to bring a job fair online for some time,” said Ellen Golombek, executive director of the Department of Labor and Employment. “This pilot project is a starting point for us, but we think job seekers will appreciate all that a virtual job fair offers. It’s a recruiting experience that has a lot of potential for our workforce centers.”

For this first time job fair, job seekers should start by going to the Department of Labor and Employment’s jobs database at www.connectingcolorado.com and register with the state. They will then be directed to the job fair.

While job seekrs can log on anytime, participating employers will post when they will meet with individuals and when they’ll have company presentations.

Holding the job fair over the Internet has many advantages, Golombek said.

“Virtual fairs can be put together without booking an appropriate space,” she said. “They can offer a diversity of employers or be targeted to specific industries; they can offer hundreds of job opportunities or just a handful. The low-overhead investment of time and travel makes a virtual job fair an easy way to link employers with job seekers.”