Ex-offenders get help ahead of job fair

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — People in Chattanooga are getting a second chance and finding jobs with the help of the third annual “A New Life” job fair.

From resume building, to interview skills, “A New Life” job fair aims to help ex-offenders get back on their feet and into the workforce.

“It is not looking for the job. It is finding somebody to actually believe in you to actually give you a chance to come and work with your background. A lot of us do change and do want a better paying job and people to take you serious,” said Sharae Ramsey, a participant.

Thursday was the career prep portion of the two day event, that will end with a job fair Friday.

Thanks to donations, participants were able to have their pick at a closet full of suits, dresses and shoes.

“They also have clothing where if you don’t have any clothing to go to the interview, they will also help you with your interview preparation if you don’t know what to say or what to dress or how to wear your hair. They are giving you all kinds of tips on how to do that,” Ramsey said.

They got help building on what they have.

“You already have the skills it is just knowing how to put it on the paper and make it look good for an employer once they sit down and look at it,” Ramsey said.

The City of Chattanooga, Father to the Fatherless, and the American Job Center, all partnered together to make this event possible.

“We have all done things that we are not proud of. So we have to get out here and fight for those who have made mistakes,” said Troy Rogers, the public safety coordinator.

Organizers say people leave with confidence.

“My favorite part is seeing the people hope. You know come up frowning, but leave smiling,” Rogers said.

Ramsey is hopeful.

“It just takes people, like people here today to give you a chance to actually believe in you and there are going to be jobs. I am going to be here tomorrow, I am going to have me a job. So somebody is going to hire me,” Ramsey said.

People were required to participate in career prep day in order to go to the job fair, which will have ten employers. It will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Job Center in Chattanooga.


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