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Job fair aims to help senior citizens, veterans and disabled

The Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, located at 639 York Street, is hosting a free job fair Thursday from 10 a.m. til noon.

The job fair is aimed to help older workers, veterans, and people with disabilities, but everyone is welcome to attend. Companies in health care, transportation, sales and hospitality in attendance. 

The day begins with workshops for people looking for a job at 9:00 a.m. Staff will answer questions about job search process and help with resumes. 

Field Representative Laura Megown with the West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, says there are obstacles older people face when searching for a job including not knowing what opportunities are open and technology.

"Sometimes it’s technology that’s a barrier or having access to computers or to the internet, because not it’s basically online well if you don’t know how to use a computer you kinda stuck," Megown said.

Megown added more seniors are living longer and need jobs to make ends meet or simply because they want to keep busy.

Doris Garkie works as an office assistant at the senior center part time and says the job fits her schedule. Garkie added the job fair is important to help show others that companies hire older workers.

"I believe your older workers are more competent than the younger ones and they always show up for the job," she added.

Companies will be interviewing on the spot and people are ask to dress professionally and bring a resume, if they have one.

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