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Hiring fair today on site next to Top Workplaces event

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For many workers, it’s not just a salary and benefits that are the attractive part of a job. A company where employees feel valued and where their work is meaningful is also highly sought after.

More than 30 companies – many of them named as Top Workplaces in New Mexico – will come together today for a job fair at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair is sponsored by the Albuquerque Journal in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

The fair, which had more than 750 attendees last year, will be held in conjunction with a luncheon event to honor New Mexico’s Top Workplaces.

More than 30 employers will be seeking to recruit new employees at the job fair. The companies cover a wide range of industries, including health care, financial services and entertainment.

In addition, Workforce Solutions will be on hand to give tips on résumés and other skills that are necessary to land a job and provide access to its database of available positions across the state.

“We have recently published stories pointing out that there are still New Mexicans who are out of work,” says Mercy López-Acosta, marketing supervisor for the Journal. “And we know, partly by looking at our classified advertising, that many businesses have open positions. So why not bring businesses who are hiring and job seekers together in one spot?”

Among employers in attendance will be Isleta Resort and Casino, which has about 150 positions to fill – many of them open to applicants under 21.

Kayla Singletary, public relations and marketing manager for the resort, says a massive expansion and renovation of the facility has created a need for workers in casino operations including slots and security as well as in maintenance, housekeeping and custodial.

In addition, she said, the resort is opening a new food court, which will bring Fatburger to New Mexico.

Job seekers who plan to attend the event should be prepared to participate in an interview, have an updated résumé or work history, and identification documents handy.

“In many cases, we will be hiring on the spot,” Singletary says.

A luncheon celebrating the 50 Top Workplaces in New Mexico will be held at the hotel during the job fair. The companies recognized are those whose employees rated them as great places to work in a survey conducted by Journal partner Energage.

Part of that is more companies recognizing the importance of gauging their health through the survey. Energage surveyed 67 companies with nearly 14,000 employees.

“This is a one-stop-shop to bring job seekers and some of the best places to work in New Mexico together,” López-Acosta says. “It’s a win-win situation and it helps the Journal give back to the community.”

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