Our local job fair

As most people already know, this community is pleasantly unique. This quality is what brings people here from miles away. We have “character” and have been a destination for many years and for many generations of families.

In order to keep this community sustainable, many businesses rely on seasonal employees to serve the enormous increase in our population during the summer months. Every business is looking for the same employees and it is extremely challenging finding enough help to get us through the summer months. We all know this and we all talk about it.

For the past few years, a motivated group of people has been trying to help with this challenge. They understand and they know what it takes to keep this community running. They have put in many hours of discussion, organization, planning and hard work to make the Job Fair possible. The business owners and managers have it easy for this event — they fill out a form, pay a fee and show up at a facility that is set up and ready to go.

All of the promotional material and advertising is done for us and the facility itself is set up professionally and allows the businesses to do what they do. This event may not bring in thousands of people, but it is one more tool to help us find those employees that can make a difference for us. Every bit of effort helps.

A special thanks needs to go out to this group who cares enough about this community to make the Job Fair happen: Joe Sherman, Ed and Dee Oliver, Bev Warren, Laura Scanlon, Ryan Jensen, Duane Foss, Laura’s students, First National Bank, Bank Forward, Arvig, Walker Rotary, Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce, past volunteers, and all of the businesses that show up for the event.

There are so many jobs available to community members looking for employment. Some are entry level positions and some require some form of higher education and experience. We ask those who are looking for a job to do it actively; go to a business, ask for an owner or manager, offer a firm handshake and face-to-face, tell them that you are interested in a position. It’s a simple step that can go a long way. This community is filled with great people and great employees, and we are lucky to have many of them at SuperOne.

We look to fill 30 to 40 positions every spring to get us through the summer months. Even though we may not find that many employees at the Job Fair, we normally find five or six.

Some of those who have approached us at the Job Fair in the past are still with us and have worked their way into advancement positions. Having this event and having these wonderful people and groups that make it happen has been a big help to this business. Because we are in this pleasantly unique community that has such an increase in tourist traffic in the summer, having a local Job Fair is extremely important. On behalf of SuperOne Foods, we would like to thank you all for your efforts!

Mark McKenna, store manager

Walker SuperOne Foods

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