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Quincy virtual job fair

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If you're struggling to get a job during this pandemic, there's help available.

A virtual job fair in Quincy hosted by the Great River Economic Development Foundation and the Workforce Innovation Board of Western Illinois, hopes their resources will help you hone in your skills and land you a job.

Blanche Shoup, the Workforce Office of Western Illinois Director says the purpose is to inform the local community of the many job listings available and how they can apply.

Shoup says they hope to fill over 200 open positions in the county.

"That's why we want to say, every September update your resume," Shoup said. "Because it's important to keep abreast of all the good things that you've done for your company and then always, if you're looking for work, then you have a current resume."

Apart of the virtual job fair, Bella Ease, Quincy University, and John Wood Community College in Quincy are helping individuals navigate local job openings.

19-year-old Ciara Cole says before the pandemic it was hard to find open positions and now its even more difficult.

"Because some places aren't hiring or there's not as much hours because the hours are getting cut down because they can't have so many people," Cole explained.

Nicole Willis, the program supervisor at Bella Ease says they're not just helping build resumes but also filling out applications.

"We help alot with people that are not comfortable on the computer, putting in those virtual applications and that's alot of what this virtual job fair does, is that you're putting in these job applications online," Willis said.

Willis says the biggest thing she sees is alot of people don't know where to look for openings.

"Having something like this shows the community that there is still options available for people looking for work, that might not know where to look in the first place," Willis said.

Ciara says the help she recieved was convenient and picked up a few tips to take into her next interview.

"I think it's very important and it's also good for the community especially for people that really need jobs and they can't find one," Cole added.

Shoup says if you missed the job fair, its not too late.
Friday from 9am to 11am, you can pick up a packet from the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center that has information on all the openings and how to apply.


GREDF Virtual Job Fair

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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