More than 100 employers are hiring at the city of Hampton’s upcoming “Get Hired Hampton Job and Resource Fair,” Feb. 4 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.
The city’s Economic Development “Workforce Hampton” program hosts the quarterly event — it also helps ensure residents are ready to interact with employers by providing free preparation workshops and access to other resources daily.
“It really is focused on the overall person and then connecting them with employers that specifically match their skills,” said Pam Croom, workforce development coordinator for Hampton’s Economic Development Department. “It’s really targeted work where we actually assess [an individual] in order for us to understand their situation and to be able to get them to employment.”
In November 2018, the organization opened its WorkOne Center where residents can walk-in Monday through Friday to learn skills like how to “dress for success” and work a job fair, and Croom also said the program is an “entry point” to other services that can lead to employment.
“A lot of times they need other career services, they need education or even mental health assistance,” she said. “Individuals can be referred to our other workforce partners, health care partners, or social services.”
Job seekers can also look to the WorkOne Center for learning sessions on social media training, typing, and online programs that yield a certificate to be reflected on their resume, Croom said.
Workforce Hampton and the WorkOne Center are part of Hampton’s larger workforce development initiative to reduce the rate of unemployed in the city — a rate Croom said is higher than the state average.
“But we also knew that our underemployment rate was higher than our unemployment rate so [the initiative] is to focus on getting our citizens to self-sustainable jobs,” she said.
Employers including Huntington Ingalls Industries, Amazon, and Riverside Health System are registered for the fourth annual winter job fair.
Started last year, the hiring events are held quarterly and Croom said the next event will soon follow in March or April but until then residents can walk-in to the WorkOne Center weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Y.H. Thomas Complex at 1300 Thomas St., Suite C.
Jobseeker registration is not required for the Feb. 4 Get Hired Hampton Job and Resource Fair, which will be at 1610 Coliseum Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.