Annual job fair a great resource for employees and employers alike

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The annual regional job fair was held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Wednesday.

From Custer State Park, to Monument Health, and the Rapid City Fire Department, there were an abundance of job opportunities for those seeking them.

“We’ve had a good response to the show far. We’ve probably hired three people specifically to come out and work for us this summer. We are seasonal, so that’s a little difficulty that we specifically have to deal with out here,” said Nick Reinke, HR Director at Custer State Park Resorts.

The fair gives companies an opportunity to scope out and meet potential employees.   And employers say there has been an increase in those wanting to get back into the workforce.

And as in years past, employers were able to set up interviews, and even hire on the spot.

But organizers say there are some changes when it comes to which fields are proving most popular amidst the pandemic.

“Previous years at the job fair, we’ve had a lot of the tourist industries here, they’re still here. But like I said, we’re seeing more of the construction type position available this year, as opposed to other years. The tourist industry is always strong in the Black Hills, but now we’re supplementing that more this year with the construction trades,” said Jeff Wangen, press relations chairperson for the job fair.

“But I think it’s nicer to get out into something like this where you can actually meet the candidates and explain what you’re doing and what you’re looking for, and get to know people immediately. Instead of through a screen or behind a keyboard,” said Krysta Scot, office administrator for B&T Manufacturing.

Organizers say traffic was steady throughout the day.

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