Cincinnati Works hosted its first job fair open to the public. The event connected well over 100 job seekers ready to work their way out of poverty – including both Cincinnati Works Members and the general public – with 15 area employers. The event took place at the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, a strong community partner of Cincinnati Works.

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Job seekers meeting with employers

Jessica Thompson, Cincinnati Works employer manager, says, “Today’s job fair was an extreme success in part because we were able to reach so much of the public that Cincinnati Works normally misses. Not only were we able to have our fall job fair, further exposing our employer partners and Members to one another, but we were also able to reach new individuals – many in need of our services.” Thompson adds, “As the public came in and immediately began interacting with Cincinnati Works staff members, I saw relationship building happen. This was a great recruitment effort for both employers and Cincinnati Works.”

Employers at today’s job fair included Busken BakeryFifth Third BankFedExCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Several of the employers conducted interviews on-site at the job fair.

Jesse Matthews represented Kroger Customer Connect at the job fair. Matthews says, “Kroger Customer Connect very much values our partnership with Cincinnati Works. They are helping us to find candidates with a strong skill set who reflect the communities that Kroger serves.” He continues, “At today’s job fair I’ve already met a lot of good, qualified candidates.”

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority CEO Gregory D. Johnson says, “I think Cincinnati Works and the work that it does is great. As part of our mission at CHMA, a housing provider, we realize the need to partner with great organizations in the community that bring self-sufficiency to our residents and the residents of Hamilton County.” Johnson continues, “There isn’t a better partner than Cincinnati Works to stabilize and move forward individuals who are looking to for employment.”

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CW Community Engagement Specialist Ken Wilson & CHMA CEO Gregory Johnson

One of the individuals job seeking at the job fair was William Brown, a Cincinnati Works Member. Williams landed an interview with Club Chef and received a job offer right there at the event. Williams says, “This job will be a great thing for me. It’s a third shift job, which works well for me because it leaves my days available for my work as an independent contractor. Williams continues, “Cincinnati Works prepared me for this job fair during their training, where I learned about interviewing and networking.”

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CW Member William and Erica from Club Chef

Cincinnati Works hosted two training events on dates prior to the job fair and one the day of immediately before the fair called Hustle ‘Til You’re Hired. The training event prepared attendees for a successful job search at the job fair and included topics such as professional attire, questions to ask the employers, and items to bring including extra resume copies. These events were also open to both Cincinnati Works Members and the general public.

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Hustle ‘Til Your Hired

Employers interested in collaborating with Cincinnati Works can learn more here and/or reach out to our employer account manager Jessica Thompson at 513.744.5625 or jthompson@cincinnatiworks.org. Job Seekers interested in receiving Cincinnati Works services can learn more here and/or call 513.744.9675 or email info@cincinnatiworks.org.

We’d like to thank all 15 of the employer partners who attended the job fair. Check out the photo gallery their representatives meeting with our Members: