Hermiston’s Career Expo 2012 will bring job seekers, career experts and employers together Wednesday, April 4, at the Hermiston Conference Center.

“We’re real excited about it this year,” Hermiston Chamber of Commerce Director Debbie Pedro said. “It’s going to be a good opportunity for people who are possibly looking at a new career or looking for a job, and we have many, many businesses from throughout the area that will be represented here.”

Hosted by the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and Blue Mountain Community College, the Hermiston Career Expo began as a job fair in 2006. Since then, the event has expanded every year, including adding workshops and a bilingual element.

“If you’re thinking about going into the healthcare professional field, we’ll have consultants from Good Shepherd hospital here. If you’re looking at getting some training or wanting to go back to school, there are great programs through Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University,” Pedro said. “Also, if you’re just looking for a job, we’ll have many employers who are looking for people.”

This year, the Expo will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. More than 40 businesses and organizations will set up booths during the event, and experts will lead a series of specialty workshops, including:

• Moving toward your dream job, 9-9:40 a.m.

• How to apply for a job, 9:45-10:25 a.m.

• So you want to be a health care professional, 10:30-11:10 a.m.

• How to write a resume, 11:15-11:55 a.m.

• How to start a small business, noon-12:40 p.m.

All workshops will be offered in English and Spanish.

“This is the largest employment training and networking opportunity in Eastern Oregon,” Pedro said. “This gives not only people who are career minded or job seekers an avenue to find that perfect job, but it also gives employers an opportunity to set up appointments or take your resume. We’re just encouraging any job seekers to come out, and make sure you bring your resume along.”

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