For many, finding a job in the current economy has not been an easy task. As of November 2013, there were a total of 28,458 unemployed residents in the state of Delaware , according to the Delaware Department of Labor's seasonally adjusted figures. In an effort to put out-of-work Delawareans in touch with organizations that are looking to hire, Brandywine Counseling, based out of Willmington, will host a job fair on Thursday, Jan. 23.
Delaware Technical Community College's Terry Campus will play host to the job fair next week, which is a collaborative effort between Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del) and Rep. John Carney (D-Del.).
On the day of the job fair, participants will come in, register and then have the opportunity to scope out the organizations that are hiring. Some of the organizations that have participated in the job fair in the past have offered attendees an opportunity to participate in onsite interviews. There will also be a chance for participants to win an Xbox or an iPad.
Attendees should dress in business casual attire and come prepared with copies of their resume, said Brandon Furrowh, program manager for Brandywine Counseling.
"There will be a good variety of people from both the non-profit and for-profit sectors looking for good members of the community," Furrowh said. "Bank of America has come a couple of times; our own agency, Brandywine Counseling, is always represented and recruiting members from the community [will be on hand]"
Attendees can look for jobs, but they can also connect with resources such as Brandywine's counseling services. Last year, one company was giving away free cell phones to job fair participants.
There is an ultimate goal in mind for the day, said Furrowh.
"The ultimate goal is to provide people with options," he said. "We know that our economy isn't the best right now. We want to encourage people to make better choices and give them the option to reach their goals and find jobs."
Having the delegation on board is important for several reasons, Furrowh said.
"I think it's important to have politicians there. It's a two-way street, the politicians need to see the need that is there and the people need to see that the politicians care about their needs," he said.
The job fair is one of two which will be held up by Brandywine Counseling & Community Services and Delaware politicians. Next week's fair is an extension of the work that the Delaware delegation and Brandywine made last year, said Carper.
"Last year, we held job fairs in all three counties to connect out-of-work Delawareans with good-paying jobs, and we're doing it again in 2014," he said. "I always say the role of government is not to create jobs, but to provide a nurturing environment for job creation and job growth, and I'll continue my work to do just that in Washington each and every day."
Page 2 of 2 - Coons offered his own perspective on the goals for the job fair.
"With continued gridlock in Washington making it harder and harder to pass legislation that would meaningfully help the tens of thousands of Delawareans still looking for work, this job fair is a small way to make a difference in our neighbors' lives," Coons said. "Like the job fairs we've hosted in previous years, our goal for these fairs is to help Delawareans connect with real job opportunities."