Regional Job fair to be held in Petersburg

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Help wanted! Dozens of companies, looking to hire, will gather for a regional job fair.

It will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd,  in Petersburg, where the unemployment rate is among the highest in the state.

Folks are being encouraged to dress for success, and if possible, have multiple copies of your resume.

26-year-old Kimberly Brown is on a mission. She's been unemployed for two years.

"I'm looking for a job so I'm able to support me and my family.  It's been real hard because I've never been this long without a job," said Brown.

She's excited to hear about the regional job fair that will take place at Good Shepherd Baptist Church.

State police, Petersburg Public Schools, Capital One, retailers, healthcare agencies, and the city of Petersburg are just a few of the more than 40 businesses that will be represented at the job fair.

"Our goal is to try and find an opportunity for the citizens in this region to get gainful employment," said Levin Sullivan, Executive Director with Crater Regional Workforce.

In the Crater region, unemployment is high:13.2% in Petersburg, 11.4% in Hopewell, 8% in Colonial Heights, all higher than the state unemployment rate, which is currently 6.5%.

Job seekers who show up at the fair should be prepared to sell their skills.

"Hopefully what we'll get is an array of  opportunities for folks who have good basic skills. A lot of employers are willing to train people for what they want them to do," said Sullivan.

The job fair is a collaborative effort among several agencies including the Crater Regional Workforce and the Virginia Employment Commission.

The regional job fair is open to everyone.

"So come with your best foot forward," said Sullivan.

It's what Brown plans on doing. She ultimately wants a career in the healthcare field.

"I really want to be a nurse because that's in my blood," said Brown.

Again, the job fair is Wednesday, November 2, 2011. It will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

It will take place at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 South Crater Road.

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