Hundreds of job seekers attended the AFRO ’s Diversity in Careers and Education Expo at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum March 22.
Hundreds of job seekers, varying in age, race and religion gathered at Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum on March 22 to be part of the AFRO’s Diversity in Careers and Education Expo. Employers and job seekers commended the event for its quality of applicants and breadth of employment information.
“I enjoyed it because everybody spoke to me, they were optimistic about my job opportunities and they were able to provide information,” Baltimore resident Lawrence Holmes Jr., 25, told the AFRO. “They seemed pretty straight forward. They didn’t give you the run around. They let you know where the jobs were.”
Job seekers commended the career fair because it gave them the opportunity to speak about and apply to available positions with several employers.
Eighteen companies, including Baltimore Gas and Electric, Maryland Live! Casino, Wegmans, the Maryland Transit Administration, the Maryland State Police, Morgan State University and others met with job seekers.
“We’re out here today because we’re able to reach a demographic that we are not usually in contact with,” Maryland State Police Trooper First Class Dominique Rogers told the AFRO. “We go throughout the state of Maryland, but I would definitely say we’re trying to gear towards more of the inner city and everything like that because it’s notwhere we’re usually seen.” While the job fair attracted around 430 job seekers, which was less than half the amount the fair attracted last year, employers were impressed with the quality of applicants that showed.
“The applicant pool, especially for this event has been very good so far. And that’s a good thing because that is the trickiest part is finding great people to work these jobs,” said JD Hollingsworth with My City Transportation.
Companies at the fair were looking to fill positions in hospitality, law enforcement, transportation, recreation, banking and other industries.
In addition to speaking with, applying for and, in some cases interviewing with perspective employers, job seekers were offered the opportunity to take part in a free resume writing workshop.
The next AFRO Career Fair is set to take place in September.