Outdoor hiring events help connect people who need work with employers

photo of cars lined up for Brainerd drive through career fair April 2021

As the weather warms up, CareerForce staff and partners throughout the state are getting creative in holding safe and socially distanced hiring events outside. Here are just a few examples:

Detroit Lakes: Leading CareerForce partner Rural Minnesota CEP held an outdoor job fair featuring 40-plus employers in the Detroit Lake M State parking lot on May 6. Employers shared information about their openings from entry-level to professional, health care to manufacturing, IT to hospitality. The event featured music broadcast live onsite from a local radio station, plus door prizes and food trucks.

Little Falls: Leading CareerForce partner Rural Minnesota CEP held a job fair in the CareerForce parking lot featuring dozens of local employers on April 29. Employers showcased their openings with displays out of the backs of vehicles or at display tables in the parking lot. People looking for work could apply on the spot and register to win prizes.

Brainerd: Leading CareerForce partner Rural Minnesota CEP hosted a drive through hiring event as part of a regional Greater Minnesota Lakes Area Hiring Extravaganza, which was held in four locations on April 28th and 29th with a whopping total of 164 employers and 376 attendees.

Duluth: Leading CareerForce partner Duluth Workforce Development, the Greater Downtown Council, Visit Duluth, and the Canal Park Business Association partnered to host Hospitality Hiring Week, April 26-May 3 – which featured a drive through/walk through job fair in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center parking lot on April 27.

New Ulm: CareerForce in New Ulm held a drive through career fair in partnership with the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce a couple months ago. The event was held right downtown in front the chamber offices with 19 local employers participating by providing information on their open positions that CareerForce put in a packet to give to local people looking for work.

You can see a gallery of photos from recent outdoor hiring events here.