Posted at: 09/26/2013 6:46 PM
By: Dan Conradt
Many Look for Work at Austin Job Fair
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's long been a challenge in the workplace, helping businesses who are looking for employees find the people who can meet that need.
Thursday, they came together at Austin's Oak Park Mall.
"Our main objective is to help people find that right job," said Minnesota DEEDs Jen Hauzer.
It was a case of supply and demand -- companies looking for people, and people looking for work.
"It's not just applying for a position. it's more meeting the person and they're going to feel more like part of a team," said WalMart’s Shirley Olson.
“I would say the job seekers who attend job fairs are a mix of people who are unemployed, under employed, maybe going to school, looking for a part-time job," DEEDs Jen Hauzer told us.
And with unemployment rates falling, the job market in southeastern Minnesota is strong.
"More and more businesses are hiring and having a hard time finding the positions they're looking to fill," Jen Hauzer said
“I've applied at a lot of places and i haven't really heard back from any of them," 22-year-old Tyler Klusmeier said. He told us he’s been looking for work for a couple of years. “I'm looking for like packaging, cashiering, pretty much anything. It's really frustrating, just to put all the time and effort into looking for a job and then you don't get anything back."
“It's definitely beneficial. it gets us out in the community and lets people know that we're hiring," said Rachel Thomas with Good Samaritan Comforcare.
And while many of the employers require specific skills, they're also looking for some skills that can't be taught.
"Personal skills are very very important to us," said Good Samaritan’s Rachel Thomas.
“Somebody very friendly, energetic and wanting to work and be part of a team," added WalMart’s Shirley Olson.
The state announced more than 12,000 jobs were added in August -- meaning the employment level is back to where it was before the recession.