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Virtual Resource Fair Helps Tennesseans Find Real Jobs

Online event will give participants an opportunity to communicate with employers while still practicing COVID-19 precautions
Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 04:30pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is launching an innovative event tomorrow to help Tennesseans safely communicate with area employers. The virtual resource fair will provide job seekers with employment opportunities and education resources through online web and videoconferencing from 11A.M. to 1P.M CST Friday, May 22.

Participants are encouraged to first register here by 10 A.M. Friday morning and share their job search goals and interests. TDHS will then provide job seekers with information on how to take part in online meetings with participating employers and organizations Friday.   The meetings will be arranged through a TDHS web conferencing system that job seekers will be invited to connect to through their computer or cell phone.

TDHS is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Tennessee Talent Exchange to offer a wide variety of employers in the logistics, hospitality, grocery, and retail fields in this event. Among those who have signed on to participate include convenience store and gas station chain Speedway, Goodwill Industries of Knoxville, MasterCorp Hospitality, P.L. Marketing, firearm and apparel provider Beretta USA Corp., and the University of Tennessee.  

“We are able to build strong families when we connect Tennesseans with employment and educational opportunities,” said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes.  “The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the way our department provides these connections, but it hasn’t changed our commitment to supporting families.  With the assistance of technology and cooperation from our business partners we can continue building a thriving Tennessee.”

The virtual resource fair continues a statewide effort TDHS began in 2017 to connect people with jobs and resources in their community.  The department has hosted more than one hundred in-person resource fairs in locations across the state offering learning opportunities, career development, college preparation, resume writing, volunteer resources, and employers looking to hire.

More information about the virtual resource fair including tips for job seekers who are taking part is available on the TDHS website.