WILLISTON, N.D. - Job Service North Dakota held its annual job fair Wednesday at the Grand Williston Hotel in Williston. It was a day many job seekers were looking forward to - meeting employers who are looking for the basin’s brightest talents to add to their teams.
More than 50 employers from the northwest North Dakota region were on-hand to fill the room with opportunities.
“We have 300 jobs at the job fair that need to be filled,” said Cindy Sanford, Job Service ND Williston Manager.
In the first 30 minutes, more than 230 people came through the doors. Many of the open positions involved oil and gas, trucking, medical and retail.
“The biggest thing is we like to see is the connection between the businesses and the employees,” said Sanford.
RJ Corman is looking to fill 10 positions in its derailment and construction division. The company says it faces the same issues many others face when it comes to retaining employees.
“When we first got here, it wasn’t that much of a problem. But due to the oil boom, it created a lot of competition,” said Andrew Brockelman, RJ Corman Recruiting Specialist.
Unlike a couple of years ago when anyone could get a job, now employers are more selective. Another thing that has changed from the past; companies are looking for part-time workers.
“I think it is going to increase. It just shows that we are seeing a real nice sustainability in the community; it’s continuing to grow,” said Sanford.
Sanford projects more than 1,000 jobs will be available in Williston-region soon.
If you were not able to make it out to the job fair, you can see the job listings on jobsnd.com.