Homeless Coalition holds job fair

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Binghamton (WIVT) – Some people who may have the most difficult time finding a job had a job fair organized especially for them Tuesday.

The Homeless Coalition of the Southern Tier held the event at the Broome County Public Library in Binghamton Tuesday.

In addition to the homeless, the job fair catered to others with significant barriers to employment such as a poor job history, lack of education or training, a criminal record or a history of substance abuse or mental illness.

Coalition Chair Shari Weiss said that despite those challenges, the job seekers have a strong desire to work as well as skills not easily described on a resume.

“Somebody who’s homeless, who had to find a place to sleep every night, something to eat, some way to stay warm on a cold night, some way to access services, these folks are extremely smart, they’re resourceful. They have a lot of street smarts and life experience that can translate into skills that would match a job,” said Weiss.

In addition to several employers, there were also a number of agencies that assist people with training and improving their skills including Broome-Tioga Works and the new Binghamton Opportunity Center.

Weiss said she was so impressed by the turnout, she thinks the job fair may become a regular event.

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