ASHWAUBENON- Seventeen hundred job seekers had the chance for one-on-one time with employers Thursday.
For the second year, job seekers had to have a ticket to get through the door at Shopko Hall for the Wisconsin Job Center's career fair.
“We instituted a screening process where we meet with individuals making sure they have a career goal in mind a resume and we also want to rehearse with them that they have a 30-second elevator speech so they can sell themselves to that employer,” said Brian Pelon.
And employers say it's improved the applicants.
“We've seen a lot of good qualified candidates coming through. People that have a lot of good experience, who have been in manufacturing or recently laid off,” said John Korb
Though applicants only get about 30 seconds to make a first impression as they walk up to one of these booths, employers say that first impression could make all the difference.
“We do get a lot of applications through the online process so we are seeing people that the name goes with the face,” said Korb.
Many applicants we spoke with said they didn't want to go on camera. They're currently employed, but looking for a better career option.
While organizers say it's a sign of a strong market, some job seekers say it is not necessarily the case.
“It feels a little different here. It feels a little slower than the economy in California in Silicon Valley area,” said John Burnett, who had moved back to Green Bay in 2009 and has been working part-time since.
But these jobs seekers say they'll keep looking until they're hired.
Firefighters are battling a house fire in Kewaunee County.
Wind, snow, cold and ice played a role as firefighters battled a fire in downtown Ripon Wednesday morning.
Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.