IDAHO — Are you looking for a job? You’re not alone. Unemployment reached record highs in Idaho this spring.
But just because you may have dealt with the effects of an economic downturn, doesn’t mean there aren’t companies in Idaho looking to hire.
In tonight’s edition of The Rebound: Idaho, we're examining a potential resource happening Wednesday for job seekers.
The Virtual Idaho Job and Career Fair, beginning Wednesday at 11 a.m., is a networking event that you don’t need to leave your home to attend. There’s really no downside, actually, since it’s free for the job seeker.
“Human interaction is definitely needed at this point, so we want to make sure there’s an avenue," said Kelly Thiel, IBL Events.
Finding the right job can be challenging -- especially when social distancing measures are in place.
“Generally, if you are looking for employment you have to go from one company’s website to another, and that can be pretty daunting and time-consuming,” said Thiel. "But there’s still companies that are hiring.”
That’s why IBL Events is providing Idahoans the chance to meet multiple companies at once.
“You also get a response from those company representatives right away, versus, dropping a resumé in a job board, and maybe never hearing back from them," said Thiel.
Taos is just one company you could meet at the event. They’re a technology solutions provider in Boise.
“We have between 12 to 15 positions that we’re looking to fill right now," said Lisa Howard, Corporate Recruiter, Taos. "We do offer a full benefits package, very competitive pay, time off, vacation, and great medical and health benefits which obviously is extremely important right now and they go into effect very quickly.”
She says experience in software development, system admin, or engineering is a plus for most of these positions, but there are other available positions too.
“We have a big office here in Boise, but right now, remote is a big thing, so we have remote people down in the twin falls market, but really we’re an Idaho-based company, but we also have people that work globally," said Howard.
The Virtual Idaho Job and Career Fair will host more than 50 employers and community partners from a wide assortment of industries to meet with job seekers in virtual rooms. These employers are looking to fill an array of full-time and part-time positions.
Bring plenty of digital resumés and dress for success. Just make sure to register first at iblevents.com.
Full disclosure from KIVI reporter Madeline White: I will be interviewed during the virtual event about some of the resources I’ve uncovered during our Rebound: Idaho reporting efforts. Hope to see you there!