Mount Vernon Employment Fair Attracts than 100 Job Seekers

“Employers are coming ready to hire. This fair is linking local business partners who want help the community to potential employees who are seeking to better their situation,” says Art Bennett, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. (Photo by Elizabeth Elliot)

More than 100 job seekers from the Mount Vernon area poured into Good Shepherd Catholic church Saturday morning hoping to find work. A job fair with 22 employers gave them hope.

The job fair had a wide spectrum of positions for every job seeker out there – from customer service opportunities to entry level and management opportunities in a variety of fields. Also, several community agencies  had resource tables at the fair to help job seekers recharge their resumes and update their Linked-in profiles. Also provided was free interview attire for men and women and a lesson in presenting job skills during an interview. (Photo by Elizabeth Elliot)

Overall unemployment in Fairfax County is 2.4 percent, but for those living in poverty in the Mount Vernon area, the unemployment rate is more than double that at 6.5 percent, according to demographics from Fairfax County. In Mount Vernon, 15.7 percent of people living in poverty work full time and 20.8 percent part time.

This was the first ever job fair sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.