Brooklynites in need of employment were in luck on Wednesday, May 13 as Borough Hall held the 2015 Brooklyn Job Fair. The event, hosted by Borough President Eric Adams and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, saw hundreds of potential candidates lined up around the building to visit all the booths.
Popular booths included TD Bank, Barclays Center, Home Depot and Target.
Employers and booths were impressed with the turnout.
“It’s been very successful. I can say for our company, we’ve come across some really great candidates,” said Dawn Lapshan, human resource manager for Home Depot. “It’s been busy. I’ve been to job fairs before, but there are so many people here which is great.”
“We’ve had a long line for our table pretty much the whole time which is great” added Chelsea Boullianne of the Brooklyn Nets. “We’ve had a lot of people interested in both our full time positions as well as our internship programs. It’s been a good mix of employment inquiries and interest which is great. We have a lot of positions that are open right now so it’s great that we’re here and getting some resumes.”
Towards the middle of the fair, which spanned from 3-6 p.m., Adams addressed both the employers and hopefuls. “I hope that today is able to bring some good fortune to you for coming for jobs,” he said. “We want to thank our team and different agencies looking to bring about employment. The goal is to empower the borough and use this building as a way to ensure that you are able to find employment, health care needs and whatever other needs.”
Many of the attendees were pleased with the event and potential leads they received. “It had a bunch of jobs for people like hands on work, desk jobs, city jobs and even volunteer work,” said Justin Warren. “They also had people in there that help you as far as getting your certificate and license as well. It was very helpful. “
Another hopeful, Flo Jones, came a long way to check out the event. “I came from Virginia to come up here. I’m from Brooklyn so to be able to come back is nice. It’s like a one stop shop. It’s a great thing for Brooklyn,” she said. “Everything caught my interest. I love the fact that Eric Adams was here and he was able to come step out and share and congratulate the employees and even for us to come out. Stuff like this is just really great.”
“Good luck to you if you land some type of employment,” said Adams. “This is an excellent opportunity to do so. A job isn’t going to come to us. We have to come to it. So the fact that you’re here is a first step.”
BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photos by Arthur de Gaeta