On Tuesday, May 14, more than 20 non-profit organizations including Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. hosted a Post Sandy Job Fair to help people find work after the destruction-packed hurricane.
The Post Sandy Job Fair, held today at Resorts World in Jamaica, was an outstanding success. Thousands of job-seekers from all walks of life, and hundreds of employers – many of all affected by Sandy, came out to connect and create jobs.Additionally, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued a mayoral proclamation declaring today, May 14th 2013, “Post Sandy Job Fair Day” in recognition of Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ’s spearheading of the collaborative effort to bring the job fair, and new jobs, to life. The proclamation was presented to Goodwill NYNJ President and CEO William Forrester by New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, whose team and efforts was also instrumental in the job fair’s success.
Anyone interested in finding a job was welcomed to attend the free event. More than 250 companies from a wide range of sectors participated, each one having committed to hire at least one candidate. Experts provided workshops and assistance with interviewing skills and resume preparation the day of the event. The idea was to create immediate employment opportunities by exposing qualified job seekers to employers with the intent to hire, and to stimulate the employment climate in the Greater New York and create accelerated momentum in a recovering economy.
The organizing committee included Goodwill Industries of NY-NJ, GoodTemps, Office of NY state senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Better Business Bureau serving Metropolitan New York, Human Services Council, LDS Employment Resource Services, ACCES-VR, SUNY – Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center, NYU – Rusk Institute, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, NYS Department of Labor, CUNY LEADS, Borough of Manhattan Community College, NYC Department of Small Business Services – Workforce1, Per Scholas, Enable Enterprises and Abilities, Inc.
Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, and to all the new hires: Congratulations and good luck!