Our view: Job fair a first for Pell City
Jul 28, 2010 | 1723 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When it comes to finding jobs for unemployed residents, Pell City has taken an excellent approach. The city organized a job fair to bring together potential employers with those seeking work, and included social service agencies to provide information about help that’s available until those residents find jobs.

The result is Job Fair Plus today at the Pell City Civic Center. The “plus” is because it’s “more than just a job fair,” according to Mayor Bill Hereford.

Hereford said while the main goal is to find jobs for the unemployed, agencies such as Christian Love Pantry, The Crisis Center, Birmingham Pledge Foundation and others will offer advice and information that could help job-seekers get through the tough days until they find work. Jefferson State Community College and Pell City Schools will have representatives there with information on education opportunities and job training that could help in the job search, Hereford said.

“This is our first go at a job fair,” the mayor said. The event came about because an ad hoc committee assessed the community’s needs and brainstormed about how to put match up workers with available jobs.

While it would be good news indeed if the city never had to organize another, today’s fair is the product of responsible leadership, both in helping people find jobs and in helping them to survive the crisis.

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