Career fairs focus on helping Haggen employees

File photo of a 2012 job fair at Cal Poly.
File photo of a 2012 job fair at Cal Poly. The Tribune

Recently unemployed local workers, specifically Haggen employees, are the focus at North and South County career fairs scheduled for Thursday and next week.

The America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), in partnership with the Workforce Development Board and Employer Advisory Council are offering the two career fairs to assist the more than 400 local workers set to be laid off due to Haggen store closures.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Atascadero State Hospital and Martin Resorts are among the 25 businesses slated to attend each fair. Employers across most sectors will be present, and opportunities will be available for people with varying skill sets, said Linda Davidson-Gafford, Business Services Supervisor at the AJCC.

“In this virtual world of job search, you may never get in front of the employer, and here’s your chance to get in front of 25 employers,” Davidson-Gafford said. “It’s your chance to meet and shake the hand of a hiring employer, and not just be another piece of paper.”

The fairs open an hour early to Haggen employees and any recently dislocated workers, before opening to the public.

Interview preparation and resume workshops were held by the AJCC to assist those preparing for the fairs.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902

North County Career Fair: Thursday at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake.

South County Career Fair: Tuesday at the Grover Beach Ramona Gardens Community Center.

Both fairs open to recently disclocated workers and Haggen employees at 10 a.m. Open to the public at 11 a.m.