Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is throwing Brooklyn Borough Hall open from 3 -6 p.m. this Wednesday, May 13 for Brooklyn Job Fair 2015 with some of the city and borough’s major businesses on hand with positions available for job seekers to apply for work.
The networking event is being co-hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and is part of a sustained effort by Adams to advance hiring of local residents through the borough. According to statistics by the New York State Department of Labor, Brooklyn’s unemployment rate in March 2015 was 6.7%, a higher number than that of the city and the state.
“A Brooklynite with a job is a Brooklynite with boundless potential, and during my administration Brooklyn Borough Hall will always be a place committed to opening the doors to those opportunities,” said Adams. “I thank the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and all of the incredible businesses that have stepped up to the plate and asserted they want to employ local talent. Hire Brooklyn, hire the best.”
“The Brooklyn Chamber is proud to help better the lives of residents by connecting them with opportunities for gainful employment,” said Carlo A. Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “A strong economy means a strong Brooklyn, and we can accomplish both by getting our talented Brooklynites working. I want to thank Borough President Adams and all the participating companies for doing their part to hire Brooklyn employees and improve the local business climate.”
Among the participating businesses are Applebee’s, the Brooklyn Nets, Duane Reade, FC Modular, Forest City Ratner Companies, The Home Depot, Maimonides Medical Center, Midwood Ambulance Service, Modell’s Sporting Goods, NYC Bike Share, Santander Bank, Sheraton Brooklyn, Target, TerraCRG, and Urban Pads.
“Applebee’s is proud to partner with Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on any and all community initiatives,” said Zane Tankel, CEO of Apple-Metro, Inc. “We at Applebee’s have always had a policy of hiring from within the communities we serve, creating jobs and opportunity while serving the needs of our neighbors.”
“The networking event is an ideal opportunity to bring young professionals together with potential employers,” said Toni Yuille Williams, director of Brooklyn Public Affairs for Con Edison. “Con Edison is proud to help the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Borough Hall find future leaders and to be one of the industries to benefit from the discovery of new talent.”
“Our company is proud to participate in Brooklyn Job Fair 2015 and we commend Borough President Adams for putting together such an important event,” said Ashley Cotton, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Forest City Ratner Companies. “Whether it’s on our construction jobs or at our operating properties like Barclays Center where 80% of our employees are from Brooklyn, Forest City Ratner has always worked to ensure that local hiring is a priority.”
“Spring is The Home Depot’s busiest selling season and peak hiring season, so we look forward to participating in the job fair at Brooklyn Borough Hall,” said Dawn Lapshan, district human resources manager for The Home Depot. “It’s a great opportunity to find new associates who are passionate about home improvement and customer service.”
“Midwood Ambulance has Brooklyn and its workforce to thank for sixty years of success,” said Alonzo Rapisarda II, director of hospital services for Midwood Ambulance & Oxygen Services. “We are proud to recruit from our home borough and provide Brooklynites with the opportunity and security that comes with a career in the growing medical field.”
“Modell’s is happy to be a part of a job fair that will provide employment opportunities to residents in the borough of Brooklyn,” said Greg Hambric, regional recruiter for Modell’s Sporting Goods. “Our community partnership with Brooklyn has existed fr many years, and with the exciting expansion that has taken place in this area of the city, we want to join other businesses from all sectors, who are committed to offering Brooklynites options to further their career and contribute to the city’s economic growth.”
Those attending the job fair are asked to bring plenty of copies of their resume and to have it available to e-mail. Adams also recommends potential applicants to dress for success, research the companies in advance, prepare to answer questions about oneself, actively listen, show enthusiasm, and following up all meetings with e-mails.
Businesses interested in participating in future job fairs hosted by Borough President Adams are encouraged to call (718) 802-3700.