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Huntsville job fair offers new opportunities for those in need of a second chance

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Forty employers in the Huntsville area are looking for people who want a second chance to re-enter the workforce.

They will be interviewing people and, in some cases, hiring on the spot at the ReLaunch job fair Monday and Tuesday at Jemison High School in Huntsville.

“We want to reach people who may not have heard of some of the opportunities these companies provide,” said Claire Aiello, vice president of marketing and communications for the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber. “Our businesses have openings, and we want to invite anyone looking for new opportunities to come along.”

The Monday job fair will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville Utilities, Buffalo Rock, Madison County Commission, Port of Huntsville and UAH are among the employers participating in the fair.

“I know some are clerical positions,” Aiello said of the job postings. “Some are construction work. Some are guards. Some of these jobs, you don’t need to have experience to do these jobs. They will train you. …

Many of them are entry-level, but some are mid-level.

“It’s definitely a variety,” she added. “You have construction, you have health care, you have elderly care, restoration work, plumbing, electrical. The Air Force will be there. The army will be there, the national guard. Their recruiters will be there.

There will also be warehouse and manufacturing jobs. Companies are looking for forklift operators, Aiello said.

Aiello said the ReLaunch Career Fair is a continuation of the House-sponsored Second Chance Career Fair before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been very successful in bringing out different parts of the community that don’t usually come to our other employment events,” she said. “Companies saw some success in it, and we wanted to do it again.”

Aiello said many different types of people have attended previous second chance job fairs.

“You have people who haven’t worked in a while,” she said. “You have people looking to re-enter the workforce, like women who have had school-age children who have grown up, graduated and moved on. You have people looking to find a better opportunity who are working two or three jobs and want to downsize to one job and have a better salary.

Participants also included people who did not complete high school.

“You get people who have their GEDs,” Aiello said. “You have people who have been convicted of a crime. Some companies present at the job fair are ready to hire and train them.

Job seekers are asked to bring their resume and “Dress to Succeed”.

“You don’t have to wear a suit,” Aiello said. “You don’t have to wear a dress. We just encourage people to look professional.

That can mean a polo or button-down shirt tucked in with nice pants or jeans, she said.

“We encourage everyone to look professional and ready to shake someone’s hand, look them in the eye, and talk about your skills,” Aiello said.

The job fair is a collaboration with the local Alabama Career Center, Alabama Community College System, local nonprofits, and community agencies to help bridge the gap between applicant underfunded employment and employers in the region.