Job Fair Event
Wednesday, April 9, 1-7:30 pm
Central Library, 220 State Street
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Let’s Get to Work Springfield II will include a group of valuable presentations for job seekers led by a variety of local agencies. A proper business attire workshop by Dress for Success for women and Hampden County Employable Garments for men will be offered. Both agencies provide free, appropriate clothing for interviews. Bring your resume for a Job Fair with representatives from Six Flags, City of Springfield, Springfield Schools, and Command Security. There will also be expert resume critique by members of Future Works in the Central Library’s Wellman Hall. Representatives from Springfield Technical Community College will provide information on career paths offered by STCC, including financing your quest for a new career. Two Hi-Tech job skills courses will be offered: Computers for Job Seekers and Brainfuse JobsNow.
STOP IN AND MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM:
Dress for Success is a nonprofit agency that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. 1-2 pm in the Community Room
Future Works has connected thousands of people in the area find employment by combining job search, job counseling, and improved job hunter computer skills. Future Works will provide free resume critiques during this program. 3-5 pm in Wellman Hall
Griffin Staffing Network – We unite talent with opportunities and believe there is a job that fits every person and a person that fits every job. We offer permanent placement, temporary staffing and temp to hire.
Hampden County Employable Garments for Men provides business attire to men in Hampden County who are searching for employment. They help disadvantaged men be successful in their job search by providing presentable clothing for job interviews.
The Job Corps is a free educational and training program that helps young people find a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. (For those 16 years of age who
qualify as low income.)
The Mom Squad provides the opportunity for homeless families, specifically those headed by women, referred by the Department of Transitional Assistance, to volunteer so they can build work
experience. At the same time they provide free childcare so mothers going through difficult times
have the chance to get back on their feet.
NEBA (New England Business Associates) will provide models for the Dress for Success “parade of power”, also known as a makeover fashion show, and as an exhibitor offering valuable
resources to Springfield job seekers.
Springfield Technical Community College is devoted to helping individuals achieve their goals. STCC has a remarkably extensive selection of degree programs, degree options and certificate programs (over 100, as a matter of fact!) – many of which are not available anywhere else in the region. 5:15-6:30 pm in the Community Room
Springfield Veterans’ Services furnishes information, advice and assistance to veterans and their dependents as may be necessary to enable them to procure the benefits to which they are or may be entitled relative to employment, vocational, or other educational opportunities, hospitalization, medical care, pensions and other veteran benefits.
Veterans Inc. is the largest provider of services to veterans and their families in New England. Since 1991 they have helped more than 50,000 veterans and their families. Veterans Inc.’s clinical case management approach addresses the “total veteran” incorporating job training/employment, health and wellness, and supportive services.
2 PM SPECIAL GUEST- Decorated Veteran Nick Colgin
Stop in and meet Afghanistan War veteran Nick Colgin, a highly decorated medic. Originally from Chester, VA, Nick joined the Army with his best friend right out of high school to serve his nation as an airborne medic. He served in Afghanistan for 15 months, earning a Bronze Star for his heroic actions in saving the life of a soldier while under fire. Spc. Colgin was recognized for saving the life of a French soldier who had been shot in the head and for working with other soldiers to rescue more than 40 civilians from a flood. He served on 725 combat patrols and 34 humanitarian aid missions.
Colgin faced a huge battle when he returned home to America of being one of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans without employment. President Obama mentioned him in a speech saying, “If you can save a life in Afghanistan, you can save a life in an ambulance in Wyoming.” Our incredible servicemen and women need to know that America values them not simply for what they can do in uniform, but for what they can do when they come home. We need them to keep making America stronger.”
After his career in the military, he continued to fight, but this time for veterans. He worked on policy and legislation, and in the media, speaking on issues facing veterans. Eventually, Nick heard the calling the return back to the medical field, this time in the form of starting a home care agency right here in Springfield. Having cared for our men and women overseas, and the Greatest Generation stateside, he felt it was his duty to continue serving his country through caring.
In his spare time, Nick guides blind veterans up mountains around the world, and helps individuals in the disabled community reach their summits.
3-5 PM JOB FAIR
Bring your resume and talk with these area employers about working for their company!
- City of Springfield School Department
- City of Springfield Human Resources Department
- Six Flags New England
- Command Security
- Griffin Staffing Network
5-7:30 PM HiTech @ the Library: Free classes in the Computer Lab
5 PM – Computers for Job Seekers – attend this workshop for an introduction to finding job advertisements online, practice creating resumes with easy-to-use templates, and see a review of library services designed to help job seekers. Basic computer knowledge is assumed. Led by Sarah.
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6:15 PM – JobsNow Brain Fuse – Find out the ultimate way to write a better resume and cover letter with BrainFuse’s JobNow, a free resume coach and jobseeker service. This workshop introduces JobNow’s online resource including interview tips, resume coaching, links to hundreds of online job openings, and more. Basic computer knowledge is assumed. Led by Reggie.
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If you have any questions please call the Central Library, 413-263-6828, ext. 213.
You may also sign up for the Computer Classes at our Events Calendar .