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Need a job? Line one up Friday

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” New arrivals in town, long-timers looking for a change of pace and everyone in between are being urged to show up at the 2007 Fall Job Fair, set for Nov. 2 at the Hotel Jerome Grand Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, the event this year will feature 33 tables occupied by representatives from businesses large and small, each of which paid the $100 (ACRA members) or $200 (non-members) fee for a chance at hiring help from what most observers admit is a decreasing pool of local workers.

“It’s still an employee’s market,” said Deb Braun, president of the ACRA, on Tuesday. She and the job market project manager, Karen Keeley, said they are hoping 300 to 350 prospective workers show up and visit the booths.

Braun, who has been in Aspen for nine years, said the number of potential employees seeking a job at the fair has fluctuated over those years, from a high of roughly 250 people five years ago to only 100 or so for each of the last two years.

To counter the shrinkage of the local working population, she said, the ACRA has been broadcasting notices of the job fair to media outlets throughout the region.

“We’re trying to get everyone from Grand Junction to Summit County,” she said, adding that the idea is to draw the interest of anyone interested in moving to the Aspen area.

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As for the success rate of the job fair, she said, post-fair polls have shown that “almost everybody will walk out of there with one person hired, or at least a couple of good leads.”

For information about the fair, visit the ACRA website at aspenchamber.org and click on the Job Fair icon, or call 925-1940.