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First Governor’s Disability Job Fair to be Held October 30

October 23, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 23, 2017

First Governor’s Disability Job Fair to be Held October 30
Open to the Public; 85 Employers to Attend with More Than 3,100 Jobs

BIRMINGHAM – The Alabama Career Center System / Alabama Department of Labor, in partnership with the City of Birmingham, United Ability, the Alabama Department of Rehab Services, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Governor’s Office on Disability, and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind will host a job fair aimed to assist those with disabilities find work on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham.

More than 85 employers are scheduled to attend, including: Wells Fargo, Vulcan Materials Company, Sysco, The Home Depot, Southern Company, Blue Cross, and more. A full listing of employers and the available jobs can be accessed at www.labor.alabama.gov/jobfair/employerreport.aspx. More than 3,100 available jobs are represented.

The job fair is free and open to the public. There is still available space for employers. Jobseekers and employers are encouraged to pre-register online at www.labor.alabama.gov/jobfair. Pre-registering will allow for faster entry, and participants are strongly encouraged to print their confirmation and bring it with them to the job fair or to save their confirmation e-mail on their phones. On-site registration will also be offered.

If jobseekers have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, they should contact Leslie Dawson at leslie.dawson@rehab.alabama.gov.
The facility is accessible and buses and vans are welcome.
“We are working to put Alabamians back to work, regardless of ability,” said Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “Our mission is to bring available jobs to jobseekers, and that’s what we are doing here. All of the employers registered have available jobs to fill – it’s one of our requirements to participate.”

“We are especially thankful for the continued cooperation and enthusiasm of our partners in this event, Mayor William Bell, the City of Birmingham, and all of our other agency partners. The dedication and collaboration between local governments, state government, and private industry is what makes these job fairs a success,” said Washington.

"Events that connect Birmingham’s talented workers with employers looking to hire are a critical part of our efforts to strengthen our disabled community," said Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. "By supporting and hosting this job fair, we are continuing to build a stronger, more inclusive Birmingham.”

Applicants should come to the job fair with their multiple copies of their résumés, be prepared to interview, and should be dressed professionally. Interview space will be provided.

A Job Readiness Workshop will be held during the event, to prepare jobseekers by providing training in interview skills, résumé assistance, and more. Seating is limited, but multiple sessions will be hosted.

The Alabama Career Center System’s mobile career center along with staff from area career centers will be onsite at the job fair to assist jobseekers in applying for jobs.

There will be a press briefing prior to the job fair inside the Multiplex at 9:30 a.m. with Governor Kay Ivey, Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington, Dr. Gary Edwards, CEO of United Ability, Mental Health Commissioner Lynn Beshear, Rehab Services Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw, and Governor’s Office on Disability Director Graham Sisson.


WHEN: Monday, October 30, 2017
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
*Press briefing at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Bill Harris Arena
2337 Bessemer Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35208

The Alabama Department of Labor / The Alabama Career Center System is a partner in Alabama Works, Alabama’s unified workforce system.

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Members of the media needing more information should contact Tara Hutchison at 334-242-8616 / tara.hutchison@labor.alabama.gov



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