Bay Ridge

Looking for work? Gentile to host job fair

June 12, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Councilmember Vincent Gentile says the job fair will feature recruiters from businesses, government agencies and the armed forces. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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Councilmember Vincent Gentile has seen numerous residents coming into his Bay Ridge district office, resumes in hand, asking for his help in landing jobs.

In an effort to help New Yorkers find work, Gentile is turning into a one-man employment, at least for one day.

He’s sponsoring a job fair to bring job seekers together with protective employers. “I know how difficult it can be to find a job in today’s market, so I’ve decided to bring employers into our community for a night and give our constituents some new opportunities for possible employment,” he said in a statement.

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The job fair will take place on Monday, June 15 at William McKinley Intermediate School, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The job fair, which is open to job-seekers throughout the city, will feature recruiters from local organizations, national businesses, the armed forces and city government agencies. The employers will include Prudential, Walgreens, FDNY and Total Transportation Corp., according to Gentile’s office.

Workforce 1, an agency that provides employment services to New York City residents, will also be in attendance at the event. Experts will be there to offer tips on how to write good resume and how to conduct oneself in a job interview. The Small Business Services Administration and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce are also sending representatives to the job fair.

Job seekers are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resumes and to dress professionally, Gentile said.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said he decided to take action after seeing a steady stream of people walk into his district office at 8018 Fifth Ave. seeking his help. “Many of our constituents have come to my office with their resumes, asking for assistance in finding work,” he said.

John Mancuso, Gentile’s chief of staff, said the job seekers are from many different age groups. “We see everyone from teenagers to senior citizens dropping off their resumes,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle. “They tell us that they put in applications with places that say they’re hiring but that they never hear back from them.”

The employers who are taking part in the job fair “are people who are looking for employees,” Mancuso told the Eagle.

The June 15 event is the first job fair Gentile has sponsored. “We want to give people in our community the means to support themselves and their families,” he said.

For more information, call Gentile’s office at 718-748-5200.


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