Annual Miles City Job Fair attracts a crowd of job hunters

The 11th annual Miles City Job Fair was busy with job seekers roaming from table to table on Thursday at Miles Community College (MCC).

According to Cindy Erickson of Miles City Job Service, this year seems to have been better than previous years.

Erickson believes that a lot of that has to do with the increase of interested high school students. 

Close to 40 different employers were at the fair including local businesses.

Kim Disque, human resources for the local Wendy’s restaurant, was happy with the amount of applicants their table saw.

“It’s been good. It’s a good day,” said Disque.

It was Disque’s second year manning the table at the job fair and she said she believes that this year was better than last. 

According to Disque, there seemed to be more interested applicants. She recommends that those looking for jobs not be afraid to ask questions.

“We get a lot of people who kind of wander by and not really stop to chat. They just need to be brave,” Disque said.

Another local business, Stockman Bank, also saw increased traffic compared to last year. 

“It’s been really good. We’ve had a lot of candidates come over who were genuinely interested in the positions available,” said Ashley Glantz of human resources. 

It was Glantz’s fourth trip to the job fair and the first for her co-worker, Randi Hoff. They recommend that job seekers  stop to chat, and bring a resume to the fair.

The resume helps both Glantz and Hoff recognize names if the individuals submit applications. 

They said they won’t know how successful the job fair was until they get back to the office. 

“Based on how many applications we get, that’s how I gauge the success,” said Glantz. “Some years it been very, very busy and I’ve gotten back and not seen any applications. Some years it’s been more low key but I had more applicants.”

All Stockman Bank applications are taken online.

Local job seeker Blake Jewell said she was impressed by the number of options.

“I haven’t been [to a job fair] since I was in high school. It’s a whole different ball game when you’re grown up. There’s a lot more relevant options then I thought there would be,” she said.

Jewell wasn’t looking to find a job right away but wanted to know what was out there. “I’ve only made it halfway through the building and there’s already more options than I expected,” she said.

The job fair was a collaboration of Miles City Job Service and MCC. It was sponsored by Stockman Bank and the Miles City Tourism and Business Improvement District.