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Over 1,500 Jobs Available at Milwaukee Career Expo, May 22, at State Fair Park; Over 70 Employers Registered for Expo

Register now for chance to meet employers with wide variety of employment opportunities

MILWAUKEE – Over 1,500 jobs, including skilled positions in manufacturing and health care, as well as entry level positions in service and retail are available at the Milwaukee Career Expo next week. Job seekers need to register now to attend the event at State Fair Park on Thursday, May 22, the state Job Service Director for the Milwaukee metro area said today.

"We have more than 1,500 positions and expect more as employers continue reserve space at the expo," said Carol Burgett, Job Service Director in the Milwaukee region for Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). "Employers are hiring for a wide variety of positions this year. Given the number of positions available, there's a strong likelihood that job seekers will connect with an employer that has a job they'd be interested in."

Burgett urged job seekers to visit a job center this week to register and get a ticket to attend the event. Unlike most traditional job fairs, career expos are open only to employers with job openings and job seekers who are pre-screened in advance for work readiness.

"Job seekers who register and let us help them get ready stand a better chance of success in getting a job,' Burgett said. "We can review their resume and help them make improvements. We can help them prepare for interviews."

Burgett said the openings include jobs in manufacturing, such as CNC machinists, starting at $20 to $30 an hour, and maintenance mechanics starting at $19 to $24 an hour. Demand in the health care sector continues for registered nurses, with starting pay at $25 an hour. Openings also include such occupations as a human resource generalist with an annual salary ranging from $28,000 to $32,000 a year; and, commercial truck driver, from $32,000 to $50,000 a year.

Registered employers include Aurora Health Care, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Generac Power Systems, GE Power & Water, Global Power Components, Quad Graphics, Schneider National, TCF Bank, Time Warner Cable and US Bank.

A series of emails have been sent to nearly 52,000 job seekers in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, and more than 1,000 job seekers are expected to attend the expo, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at State Fair Park Expo Center.

Burgett said registered job seekers attending the event should try the new job search tool, Skill Explorer, if they haven't done so already at their local job center. Skill Explorer allows job seekers to search for employment opportunities by skill sets, not just the job title, which can significantly expand their search and employment opportunities.

Burgett also recommended that registered job seekers check the list of participating employers, then visit JobCenterofWisconsin.com to learn more about the positions the employers are trying to fill.

Employers interested in registering for the Milwaukee Career Expo can find details and register online. The employer registration deadline has been extended to Sunday at www.WisconsinCareerExpo.com.

Interested job seekers are urged to pre-register. To do so, they must complete a simple registration process:

  1. Visit www.JobCenterofWisconsin.com, and register or update your information;
  2. Use the Job Seeker Tools on the site to create or update a job match profile and complete a self-assessment survey (be sure to print copies for the final step); and
  3. Meet with an employment specialist at a local Job Center to review the resume and self-assessment survey, review steps in the job application process, and receive an admission ticket. Job Center staff are available during regular Job Center hours now through Wednesday, May 21.

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For News Media: Reporters, who wish to interview Carol Burgett, Job Service Director for the Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin, can either call her at (414) 389-6474 or DWD Communications at (608) 266-2722.