3-day job fair held for Sam's Club employees, ahead of layoffs

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - With just a few days left before Sam’s Club closes its doors in Alaska for good, the state is stepping in to help the retailer's hundreds of Alaska employees find new jobs.

At least some of the employees will stay within Sam’s Club’s parent company, Walmart. But for the ones that won’t, a three-day job fair – featuring about 50 different potential employers – is being held at both Sam’s Club locations in Anchorage.

Lisa Mielke, a rapid response coordinator with the Alaska Department of Labor, says they tried to find businesses that would be a good match for many of the outgoing Sam’s Club employees.

"What we did is we looked at the job skills associated with some of the employees. They range from HR managers to cashiers," said Mielke. "We looked into the labor market, to see what employers were looking for those type of job skills, and asked them to attend."

Mielke adds that the state is also providing the employees with help in resume building, workshops, job training and more.

The job fair kicked off Wednesday, and it will continue through Friday.

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