091416_jobfair_easis_news_photo1By Erin Asis/Staff writer

LBCC hosted its first free job fair of the school year Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Veterans Stadium with over 60 employers recruiting to expand their staff.

Some of the employers in attendance included Best Buy, Wells Fargo, as well as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. For the first time since 2008, the colleges’ Career Center will be partnered with the CalWORKS Career Experience Program to put on the Job Fair. This job fair not only had employers, but also informational booths providing assistance for students who are in need of public benefits, such as Medi-Cal, Food Stamps, and other public benefits.

“Our goal is to serve the community of Long Beach, it’s students, and constituents at large,” said Ali Raisdanai, the Workforce Development Program Specialist with the Career Experience Program. “We want to change the perception of those who use public benefits to be more positive and understanding.”

LBCC hosted free workshops to prepare students for the job fair. Including a resume and cover letter workshop Friday, Sept. 2, how to work a job fair and an interview workshop was on Monday, Sept. 12. All workshops were at the LAC Building A.

It was advised to avoid Carson & Clark to reduce traffic, those attending the job fair were advised to access Conant St. via Lakewood or Bellflower Blvd. and there was free parking on the west side of Vet’s Stadium, which was marked to be easily noticeable. Those who attended the job fair were advised to dress professionally, bring resumes and not to bring children.