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3/16/2003

Job seekers: Heres how its done

By Pam Mellskog
The Daily Times-Call

LONGMONT Unemployed, underemployed and employed people share a common nemesis: rusty job-hunting skills.

The first annual Boulder Area Career Conference aims to draw approximately 200 people wearing a mix of employment-status hats for the event, which is aimed at polishing job-seeker skills.

Doors open at noon Wednesday at the Raintree Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd., with nearly eight hours of training sessions and networking functions scheduled.

The sessions will address Internet-based job hunting, resume tweaking and job-transition tips.

Weve pooled the best human resources talent in the community to deliver the most cutting-edge information on getting a job, BACC coordinator Chris Stanzione said.

He called the conference a hybrid of career and employment fairs because many of the approximately 25 company booths will be accepting resumes for immediate openings.

For the past year, he said, four organizations collaborated to pull off the logistics and broaden the spectrum of employment options present.

Its not just hi-tech, hospitality or service, Stanzione said. Its all of them.

Sponsor organizations are the Boulder Area Human Resources Association, Workforce Boulder County, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and the Boulder Economic Council.

For some attendees, the information we will be presenting could be the difference between a successful job search or an unsuccessful one, said Matt Dolan, employment manager at Workforce Boulder County.