The Alabama Department of Labor has scheduled free job fairs throughout the state in May and June including two in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Some of these allow on-line registration and are conducting on-site interviews.
Employers who wish to participate in a job fair and men and women seeking employment should register online.
The Birmingham “Second Chance Job Fair” will be of particular interest to those with criminal records seeking to re-enter the job force.
The “Second Chance Job Fair” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at the Bill Harris Arena, 2337 Bessemer Road in Birmingham. This job fair will focus on employment opportunities for people who’ve had contact with the justice system.
This job fair is supported by President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice.
“It is the place where many employers from around the state and in your home town area come together to tell you about their companies, introduce you to the jobs available at that particular time, and let you apply for those jobs on the spot,” the DOJ said in an email. “The (Alabama) Department of Labor is encouraging both employers and people seeking employment who have a criminal history to participate in the job fair.
“Public safety is significantly impacted by the opportunities (or lack thereof) that are available in the community to people who’ve previously contacted the justice system, the DOJ said. People who leave prison and are able to find employment are half as likely to recidivate as those who come out of prison and are not able to obtain employment.”
The “Tuscaloosa Job Fair” is scheduled Thursday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the McDonald Hughes Community Center, 3101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tuscaloosa.
Here’s a helpful flyer outlining the fundamentals of job fair hiring for employers.
The Alabama Department of Labor and the Alabama Career Center System are partner in Alabama Works, Alabama’s unified workforce system.
“Our Alabama career centers are not only important offices but there is an entire network of opportunity, from tuition assistance, to apprenticeship programs to on the job training,” Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington said. “These programs are helping Alabamians thrive and help your business to thrive as well.”