September 19, 2022
There are more than 10,000 job openings in the Sioux Falls metro area — and the state is taking a new approach to trying to fill some of them.
The Sioux Falls Department of Labor and Regulation Employment Service will host its first “Stroll Sioux Falls” recruiting and hiring event on September 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 811 E. 10th St.
The event is designed to offer a non-traditional format that allows job seekers to visit, apply and possibly receive a confidential interview with one or more companies in one place.
“There are more job openings than job seekers,” Assistant Secretary Dawn Dovre said. “Researchers will learn about local employers, but also the services DLR can offer, such as resume writing, mock interviews and career exploration. »
According to the department’s Virtual Labor Market Data System, there were 10,021 job openings in the Sioux Falls metro area as of August 31, 2022. As of the same date in 2021, there were 10,895 and in 2020 , there were 7,160.
“Companies need to make creative recruiting efforts, and that’s one solution,” Dovre said. “They will be able to promote their job offers, but also share about their work environment, company brand and culture.”
The Stroll Sioux Falls event takes place on the third Thursday of each month and is available at no cost to businesses or job seekers. Individuals should bring a resume and be prepared to interview for vacancies that may be of interest to them.
Retail partners for the month of September include Five Star Call Center, Lifescape, PepsiCo and Smithfield.
“September is already sold out and waiting lists exist for October and November,” Dovre said. “However, as this is a new event, DLR is committed to adapting as needed and being creative in expanding capacity.”
Dovre said occupations in great need right now include registered nurses, doctors, LPNs, retail salespersons, health care aides, truck drivers, customer service representatives and accountants/auditors. .
The top five advertised detailed job skills needed for openings in Sioux Fallsare include: customer service, problem solving, attention to detail, must be flexible and work independently. The top skill group is customer service skills.
“Employers will be able to explore populations they might not have considered before, such as people with disabilities, youth, non-English speakers, justice workers, veterans, older workers, or those who don’t have a high school equivalency,” she added.
“Based on a survey of current job seekers who work with DLR, we expect the candidate pool to include those interested in office work – customer service representatives, receptionists, administrative assistants – manufacturing – assemblers, warehouse workers – food service, truck drivers, deliver drivers, and more.
Interested individuals needing help writing a resume or cover letter prior to the event can call the Sioux Falls Employment Service office at 605-367-5300 to speak with an employment counselor. To view open positions ahead of the event, visit southdakotaworks.org.
The next scheduled event is Thursday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Employment Service office.
Businesses should register in advance by emailing the business name and contact person to [email protected]. Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis. Companies are also reminded to post vacancies on www.southdakotaworks.org for continued exposure.
Stroll Sioux Falls follows a similar event in Yankton, the “Tour of Yankton” which took place this spring with company tours and led to new hires.
“Sioux Falls learned from Yankton’s success and put its own spin on it,” Dovre said.