SIDNEY, Neb. A job fair was provided to fill open spots at existing businesses and the potential new ones in the City of Sidney.
Representatives from 20 businesses with over 100 job openings joined the job fair looking to fill.
For the residents of Sidney who attended the job fair, they brought along their resumes looking to seek a career, second source of income or a job to fill their daily lives.
With the loss of over 1,500 jobs from Cabela’s, this job fair is a good start for filling jobs within the community.
“With everything we have gone through with the Cabela’s Bass Pro merger and all the jobs that we have lost, it’s important to showcase all of the jobs,” explained Melissa Norgard, Economic Development Director for Sidney. “We want to help both existing companies and new companies who are looking to expand here in Sidney.”
Progress Rail, Agri-Plastics and UST Global/Xpanxion have the most open positions at their facilities. With UST Global/Xpanxion as of the newest businesses in Sidney, they are looking to hire sooner than later.
“We identified Sidney as a perfect place to come and develop a local resource center,” said John Schlichting, Chief Sales Officer for UST Global/Xpanxion.
Many companies are looking to hire interested job seekers on the spot.
“The most important thing isn’t a degree,” said Schlichting. “The most important things is what we call soft skills. Soft skills are how do I run a meeting? How do I take different ideas and make sure that people work together.”
The City of Sidney hopes this job fair will not only fill all of the open positions that are available but help struggling families receive a livable income.
The list of the companies looking to fill open positions are as followed: Sidney Regional Medical Center, UST Global/Xpanxion, Agri-Plastics, Bell Lumber and Pole, Progress Rail, Sandhills Publishing, WalMart, Nebraska State Patrol, the City of Sidney, Renkoski Vegetation Services, Viaero Wireless, Sidney High School, Educational Service Unit 13, Adams Industries, 21st Century Equipment, Regional West Medical Center and EMS, Colorado Department of Corrections, G.L Huyett and Advance Services Inc.
Norgard says the best way to apply for these open positions is by going on the interested companies’ website.