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A light at the end of the tunnel for hundreds at the Port St. Lucie Community Job Fair

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein

 PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., To be unemployed or in a job transition with bills to pay and family to take care of can be one of the most stressful and difficult times in one’s life. Nearly five hundred job seekers took that position of difficulty and looked for the opportunity housed in the Port St. Lucie (PSL) Community Job Fair in late June.

The City of PSL opened their doors at the PSL Community Center in partnership with CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC) to bring that search for opportunity by matching job seekers with over fifty businesses looking to fill vacancies on their staff rosters.

Fifty-three employers vied for the attentions of the job seekers while they serpentined rows of tables. Companies with recognizable names such as Coca Cola, Walmart, and Cleveland Clinic were table neighbors to Tail Gators Restaurant, FCC Environmental, Complete Comfort A/C and more.

Anthony Charles applied to Indian River Select before the job fair and hadn’t yet received a response. Charles went to their table first and shared that information with Maria Lopez, Human Resources Manager. “When he told me what happened I appreciated his directness and assertiveness. After more dialog we hired him to start the next day at 9:00 am to be trained on the juicing equipment,” Lopez said.

“Facilitating employment opportunities for our residents is a priority for the City of PSL and that’s why our partnership with CareerSource Research Coast is so important. It was great to have a very diverse group of employers present, as well as the large number of individuals who attended that were seeking out employment opportunities,” said Shannon Martin, Mayor of the City of PSL.

Many businesses were looking to fill several specific positions on their staff. In addition to the candidates hired on the spot, attending businesses were afforded with a long list of potential employees to call back for interviews.

“The number of businesses and job seekers that attended is proof that the local economy continues to thrive and the need for our services plays an important role ensuring that talent pipeline.  Knowing so many job seekers had opportunities to visit local employers is our mission…provide opportunities to improve lives” said Brian Bauer, President/CEO of CareerSource Research Coast.

Jobseekers interview their next employers at the PSL Community Job Fair.
Odense King dressed for success to meet potential employers at the Port St. Lucie Community Job Fair Wednesday, June 29 at the Port St. Lucie Community Center. Nearly 500 job seekers filled the venue while navigating through over 50 employers looking to fill positions on their staff.

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About CareerSource Research Coast

CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC) is a private, non-profit, Florida corporation with a board of directors consisting of private businesses, economic development and education representatives, community and state agencies, and elected officials. Members of the board represent the diversity of businesses, organizations and trades that operate in Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The State of Florida chartered CSRC to create and manage a workforce development service delivery system responsive to the needs of businesses and job seekers. Our certified workforce professionals can be reached by calling 1-866-4U2-HIRE or 1-866-482-4473. Visit www.careersourcerc.com to learn more. An equal opportunity employer/program. TTY/TDD use Florida Relay Service 711. For program funding details in compliance with the Stevens Amendment, please visit www.careersourcerc.com/program-funding.


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