Job Fair Targets People with Criminal Records

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Roughly 200 applicants will participate this week in a unique job fair targeting people with criminal backgrounds.

The "Second Chance Job Fair" is hosted by Victory Over Violence and Goodwill Arkansas.  On Monday, participants received a background check assessment, personal consultation, resume tips, and interview training.  On Thursday, they'll have the chance to meet with employers and land work.

This is the second phase of a relationship between Victory Over Violence and Goodwill that began three years ago with a traditional job fair.  Earlier this year, both parties decided to host an event specifically targeting those with criminal histories.

"Since starting Victory Over Violence, we've been told people with records need more employment opportunities," said Victory Over Violence co-founder Austin Kellerman.  "Susanne Brunner, who has done a fantastic job with previous job fairs, immediately went to work on this project.  I can't thank her enough for her leadership on this effort."

All interested participants had to RSVP with Goodwill.  If you weren't able to meet the deadline, you can call Goodwill about future training opportunities. Contact Tara Bennett at(501) 372-5100 x1183 or email tbennett@GoodwillAR.org.


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