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Part-time job fair planned in Mitchell

Just in time for the holidays, businesses in Mitchell are hiring. The Mitchell Area Development Corporation is hosting a Part-time Job Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the County Fair Banquet Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and ...

Just in time for the holidays, businesses in Mitchell are hiring.

The Mitchell Area Development Corporation is hosting a Part-time Job Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the County Fair Banquet Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and job seekers of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend.

Twenty businesses are registered for the event, collectively representing more than 180 part-time jobs. Multiple business sectors will be represented, including health care, human services, business and regulation, food service and restaurants, manufacturing, retail and more.

According to Jacki Miskimins, regional workforce coordinator for the Mitchell Area Development Corp., the positions cover a variety of business types and work styles. "The opportunities available cover a real range, and from a job seeker's perspective, that's really nice to see. It really is something for everyone. Cashiers and car mechanics, radio to business regulation expertise, management, sales, manufacturing and clerical positions, and many opportunities in health care and nursing. There's a lot of variety in the 180-plus jobs."

With such a wide range of positions available, Miskimins is hoping to see job seekers of all experience levels. "There's a perception that part-time work tends to be entry-level, but that's really not true in this case. Yes, there are positions that are perfect for a first job, but there are also several opportunities in areas like management, business regulation and sales that require a more experienced skill set."

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The part-time focus of the job fair makes it different from many recruiting events, Miskimins says. "Many job fairs focus primarily on full-time positions, but we know there is a real need for part-time employees, too. There are also many people who may not be in the market for a full-time position, but are interested in a job with a lower time commitment. This event is a way to help connect the two sides.

"Part-time work is interesting because it can fit so many different situations. Some full-time workers are looking for extra income, or maybe someone is not in the workforce but is interested in a partial time commitment. It might be a student who wants a one-day-a-week job that fits around their activities, or someone who has put in a full career and is looking for the structure and interaction they enjoyed while working."

In addition to the 20 employers, the South Dakota Department of Labor will also be available to provide services and guidance to job seekers.

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