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PRINCETON — Area job-seekers will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 20 area businesses that are looking for more help.

The Princeton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and other partners of North Central Illinois Works have joined efforts to host a public job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton. Sponsoring partners include the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Business Employment Skills Team (B.E.S.T.), Inc., Tri-County Opportunities Council, Experience Works, as well as the Princeton and Illinois Valley chambers.

Princeton Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Frey said approximately 20 businesses will have manned booths at Wednesday’s job fair. The businesses represent both Bureau and Putnam counties and range, in part, from manufacturing to retail to health care to advertising. To participate in the job fair, each business was required to be currently accepting applications, she said.

As far as the job-seeker, Frey said persons coming to the job fair should be prepared for possible job interviews. Job descriptions will be available, and individuals can fill out applications right then. Also, there will be conference areas set up for impromptu interviews.

Representing B.E.S.T. Inc., Dianna Schuler said some of the 22 businesses represented at Wednesday’s job fair include those in manufacturing, logistics, health care, retail, agriculture, media and contract staffing agencies.

“The job fair is open to the public, and since we have a wide variety of businesses participating, all job-seekers have the potential of benefiting from attending,” Schuler said.

Commenting on the importance of having the local job fair, Frey said unemployment continues to be a concern in Bureau County and the surrounding area. The job fair is one way to provide people with the opportunity to learn about current job needs in the area.

In addition to the manned booths at Wednesday’s job fair, there will also be a separate table with job applications from a couple retail businesses which could not send people to the job fair itself, Frey said. Job positions represented at the job fair will fit a variety of needs and skills. Wednesday’s job fair should be a win/win situation for the businesses and the job-seeker, she said.

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