On Thursday, July 16, the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh’s (JF&CS) Career Development Center (CDC), along with its Refugee and Immigrant Services Department, will hold Pittsburgh’s first job fair for tailored to refugee and immigrant job seekers. The fair is for those immigrants and refugees who have a legal status to work in the United States and who have at least conversational English skills. It takes place on the lower level of the Department of Human Services (DHS) offices, which are located at One Smithfield Street, in Downtown Pittsburgh.
“While mainstream job fairs are open to immigrants and refugees, many are hesitant to attend. This job fair will hopefully build their confidence as well as build the comfort level of employers in hiring people with accents and from different cultures,” said Leslie Aizenman, director of refugee and immigrant services at JF&CS.
“This career fair is a great way for our region’s employers to learn about the value refugees and immigrants can bring to organizations, and a wonderful opportunity for refugee and immigrant jobseekers who are ready for a step up in their careers to find higher-level employment opportunities,” Aizenman said.
There will be two sessions to help accommodate workers’ schedules: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to “dress professionally, bring multiple copies of their resume and research employers and available positions beforehand.”