Re-entry Job Fairs offer opportunities across the state

Job seekers and employers recently converged on Summerville for the South Coast Re-entry Job Fair. More than 100 job seekers interviewed with 23 employers for positions ranging from hospitality to construction. Six individuals were hired on the spot and many others are expected to be offered positions over the coming weeks.

 Felicia Johnson, VR Commissioner, gives opening remarks at the Central Re-entry Job Fair.

Felicia Johnson, VR Commissioner, gives opening remarks at the Central Re-entry Job Fair.

In Columbia, more than 80 job seekers attended the Central Re-entry Job Fair at Dutch Square Mall where they interviewed with 26 employers.

Four Re-entry Job Fairs are held in South Carolina each year. The Greater Upstate Re-Entry Job Fair and Pee Dee Re-Entry Job Fair are held in the spring in Greenville and Florence respectively.

The Re-entry Job Fairs are a collaboration between employers, agencies, not-for-profits, technical colleges and vendors that provide information and resources to South Carolinians with a criminal background who are seeking employment. Partners include the United States Attorney’s Office; the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; SC Works; SC Vocational Rehabilitation; SC Department of Social Services; and the US Probation Office.

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