Williston Economic Development
by Barb Peterson
Williston’s shortage of affordable housing isn’t the only topic that is receiving a lot of media attention these days. The Williston office of Job Service North Dakota has also been inundated with media inquiries. The Williston office of Job Service North Dakota has also been inundated with media inquiries.
“We’ve seen a ton of media interest recently,” said Cindy Sanford, Williston Customer Service Manager. “We saw Erin Crumpacker (journalist, producer, photographer) with part2 pictures; KUMV-TV was here plugging the job fair; field producer Marla Cichowski with Al Jazeera America has called to do a story plus we are hearing from job seekers that Sean Hannity (Fox News) has been talking out our job fair.”
According to Hannity’s website, his Get America Back to Work campign is teaming up with companies in oil rich states to promote the array of job opportunities in those areas.
“He (Hannity) appears to be a big fan of Williston,” said Fran Zerr, Customer Service Consultant. “Apparently he’s been talking about our job fair; about the jobs and about the work out here.”
Job service officals said they have seen between 80 and 100 job seekers per day during the winter months but expect that number to climb as the weather warms. A worthy one stop shop for serious job seekers is the March 13th job fair.
“We will have 110 job employers at the job fair,” said Sanford. The Williston Job Fair is a multi-industry event that will be held Thursday, March 13th at the Grand International Hotel and Conference Center in Williston. The job fair will be open from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m. to veterans and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to the general public.
Job seekers can determine which employers will be attending the job fair by logging onto the Job Service website. The job fair site is updated daily at Multi-Industry Job Fair. Simply follow the directions to find the job listings and participating employers.
Job service officials recommend that job seekers coming from afar make housing arrangements ahead of time.
“If you are coming out here you need to have enough resources for housing, food and gas,” advised Zerr.
“Unfortunately, we still have a lot of job seekers coming to Williston with only enough resources to stay for a week or so. While some do find work within that time frame, that’s not the norm. Sometimes it takes as long as three months,” said Zerr.
Job fair participants are also advised to bring their I-9 identification, CDL licence & MVR (if applicable), and several copies of their resume.
The co-sponsers of the March 13th Job Fair are Job Service North Dakota, the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, Williston Economic Development, trainND and the Williston Herald.