Career Opportunities at Williston Job Fair

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A chance to meet one-on-one with a future employer is the dream of most of the people that come to Williston looking for a job.

Many had that opportunity thanks to the job fair that was held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

"I've got 2 calls so far and pretty good offers," said David Belffiori, an Illinois job seeker. "I just figured I'd come here before I take one of those jobs and see if I could find one that, you know, some of the benefits might be a little better."

Many people have come to this job fair in hopes of finding a job in North Dakota. They come from all over the country.

Some just got here less than a week ago.

"I'm from Oregon and I just got here 3 days ago," said Joyce Thomasson, a job seeker from Oregon. "I came out here, actually trying to find a job. I haven't worked for 14 years and there's not a lot of work in Oregon."

Despite a dramatic drop in gas prices, there still are a lot of job openings, especially for truck drivers, heavy equipment operators and diesel mechanics.

"We would like CDL drivers to have the experience in the oil field, but its not necessary," said Annette Girloamo of G-Style Transport. "We take the time to train them as well and have ride alongs with our drivers."

Veterans were given exclusive access to the job fair an hour before everyone else was allowed in.

The state Job Service estimates there are currently over 2,000 job openings in the Williston Basin that need to be filled.

The job fair continues tomorrow from 2 to 7 p.m.

Veterans will again have exclusive access for the first hour.