With the loss of jobs continuing to rise across the nation and in South Florida, people are looking for ways to make ends meet.
As we continue to help South Floridians recover in our Rebound series, we speak to a career expert from CareerSource Broward about their upcoming job fair and highlight a local company that’s hiring. Here’s what you need to know.
“I got lucky that I’ve been sitting on savings, I’ve been praying that things get better” said Chef Michael.
Michael Palou has been without a job for two months. He says he woke up to a text message with news that he didn’t have to go to work.
“You guys don’t need to come into your shift right now, and we were like 'why?' They said we are just closed for the night and we're going to let you guys know what the update is for this week,” said Michael.
The update? He was laid off.
Jessica Figueroa-Sabdul from CareerSource Broward says she understands how difficult times may be right now and urges people out of work to take a look at their virtual job fairs. They host them biweekly.
“We have anywhere from licensed account agents, we've had nursing positions, we've had electricians, construction workers, so any position job seekers are looking for. There’s something for everybody,” said Jessica.
20-25 employers in different industries will attend the next virtual fair which is Thursday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Generally, we want someone that wants to learn and wants to work hard,” said Tam English.
Tam English is the Executive Director for the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale. They’ve been providing housing and economic opportunity programs to low-income residents in Broward County since 1938.
“The biggest thing that we have right now is the Step-Up Apprenticeship Program. It’s for people in their early 20’s to 35 years old. Often kids that have not had a good job, consistent job, or in some cases no jobs because of lack of opportunities from kids that don't have any significant education background. We put them through a two-year apprenticeship program teaching them maintenance skills and light construction skills,” said Tam.
If this isn’t something for you, CareerSource Broward is working hard every single day to help you find that dream job to help make ends meet.
“There are a lot of people impacted by this pandemic, so we are trying to do whatever we can to make sure to get those job opportunities available to them,” said Jessica.