The Suncoast Workforce of Sarasota, in partnership with WorkNet Pinellas and several other Tampa Bay area workforce organizations, will hold a virtual job fair for youth starting May 13
and running through May 19th
. The live week-long event will be free for job seekers and is catered to the younger demographic, ages 14-24.
“Businesses can benefit from a younger worker's perspective and new ideas,” says Sally Hill, communications director of Suncoast Workforce
. “They tend to be open to learning and they thrive on coaching and mentoring from others. Youth are the workforce of the future.”
This is the second consecutive year for the virtual event that spans six counties. Other workforce organizations include Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance
in Hillsborough, Career Central
in Pasco, Junior Achievement of West Central Florida
, the Pinellas Education Foundation
, and Tampa Bay area public school districts and colleges.
Unlike a traditional job fair, where businesses set up booths and employers and job seekers engage in formal exchanges, the virtual job fair is done completely online in a much less ceremonial fashion. Employers will post their open positions and job seekers can browse jobs and apply during the week-long event. The virtual environment also takes pressure off employers to hire on the spot.
“Employers have the option to review candidate resumes at their leisure and they can decide whether to interview candidates by phone or in person before making their hiring decision,” Hill says.
Hill says that there is still time for employers to participate in the job fair and they would like more businesses to register. Businesses interested in virtually attending the job fair can register by visiting this link
Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Sally Hill, Suncoast Workforce