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Iowa Lakes students attend job fair

By Staff | Mar 9, 2011

Steven Brown, sales manager at Advance Services of Spencer with Bradley Murphy, an Iowa Lakes sophomore from Spencer. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

There are jobs out there. It just takes the right people to fill them.

The right people – and the right jobs – came together Wednesday at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville where employers from throughout northwest Iowa came to seek job applicants at the annual college job fair at the college student center. A variety of employers were on hand – ranging from economic development to manufacturing to colleges looking for transfer students.

“I’m just trying to see what types of internships are out there,” said Bradley Murphy, sophomore from Spencer. Murphy plans on transferring to South Dakota State University in Brookings next year.

Murphy said he’s willing to go wherever the job is, preferably within the U.S. – a big plus in the minds of a lot of employers who want workers who are flexible.

“I’ve heard with any engineering field it’s almost instant hiring,” Murphy said.

“I’ve seen the job outlook and most employers are in need of engineers. And engineers help the economy,” Murphy said.

Steve Brown, sales manager of Advance Services staffing agency in Spencer, said there’s a big demand now for welders, truck drivers, engineers, mechanics, machinists, human resources coordinators and administrative assistants. “We get job orders all the time,” Brown said.

Brown said employers pay a headhunter fee for employee referrals – something that helps job seekers a lot. He said most employers are looking for someone willing to work.

“They’re willing to work with people as long as they’re willing to work as far as training goes,” Brown said.

Brown said willingness to travel can also help people land a job.

Holly Pearson, economic development coordinator for the Iowa Lakes Corridor, said the Corridor offers a resume posting service on its Web site plus a CD with a directory of area employers.

“I think the students who were here really got some good contacts,” said Linda Wiegman, Iowa Lakes Career Resource Center coordinator.