Triton College recently put together its Second Chance Job Fair that was attended by 70 employers and 150 applicants. The aim of this event was to literally, give people a second chance in building a solid future for themselves. The reason the college hosted the job fair, was, according to Director of Career Services at Triton Rich Williams, because they “saw a real need for this type of job fair. There are a lot of people who are facing some tough barriers in terms of finding employment. At the same time, there are a lot of employers who want to help. We’re linking the two.”
This kind of fair is so important given the current economic climate. Very few people are able to get a second chance; but this is the perfect opportunity for it. And it’s great for employees as PeopleReady employment agency rep Diego Irizarry said that they are often looking for “diverse candidates to meet the staffing needs of local businesses.”
This represents a real networking opportunity for the community and the college, filling a gap that is often remained empty. And Triton College is perfect as it understands how important it is to connect jobs/careers with education. And some jobs are even designed for such “second chance employees.”
So take a leaf out of Chicago’s book and start training those who need it and for those companies, find those seeking employment who really want to work and keep getting pushed back.