Over 1,000 Floridians Expected to Participate in ‘Virtual Job Fair’ Hosted by Better Together
Naples, Florida—On April 30, 2020, Better Together will host a “virtual job fair” for more than 1,000 Florida residents in partnership with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Next Level Church, and Southwest Florida Career Source. This job fair comes at a critical time, after more than 520,000 Floridians applied for unemployment assistance in March due to COVID-19—more applicants in a single month than all of 2019 combined. Yolie Brito, of Next Level Church, expresses the congregation’s eagerness to serve during this critical time.
“Next Level Church is committed to serving the spiritual and physical needs of people living in the Southwest Florida region. This Virtual Job Fair will provide the opportunity for people seeking employment to find local businesses who need employees, especially during this challenging season.”
Dozens of employers will participate, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Census Bureau, AARP Foundation, ImageFIRST, Waste Pro, McKenney, Comfort Keepers, GlassDesign, EHC, Inc., First Light Home Care, Loos & Co., Robert Half, RAMS, Modern Woodmen Financial, Golden Care, Hope Healthcare, and many more.
To prepare for the job fair, participants can attend free workshop webinars on Apr. 29 to get help with resumes and interviewing skills. One-on-one job coaching services will be provided via video conference and phone calls with a trained volunteer job coach.
“We are finding creative ways to connect local job seekers and employers while preserving social distancing and keeping families safe,” commented Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. “Jobs are critical right now, and we want to do our part in connecting people with opportunities to provide for their families.”
“We have the capability to serve thousands of people statewide from their home and mobile devices, so that is exactly what we are going to do.”
The virtual job fair is part of the Better Together nonprofit’s Better Work program, a church-driven job fair program that has served more than 8,000 job seekers in Southwest Florida with tremendous success. At Better Work job fairs, two-thirds of job fair attendees get a job interview and one out of four receive a job offer on-the-spot.
“People in our community need jobs and hope,” added Neil Volz, Deputy Director of FRRC. “This virtual job fair will help provide people with both.”