This photo was taken at last year’s Career Fair and Showcase of Services at PTC
BY FRANK DROUZAS, Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition (PERC) is presenting its 21st Annual Showcase of Services and Career Fair at Pinellas Technical College (PTC) Oct. 16 and urges prospective employees to dress to impress!
The Showcase of Services and the Community Redevelopment Area job fair, which will run from 9-3 p.m. at PTC, 901 34th St. S., will have companies and employers hiring on the spot. PERC is partnering with the City of St. Petersburg, PTC, St. Petersburg College, the Pinellas County Urban League, the United Way and others in offering this event, noted Michael Jalazo, executive director of PERC.
“We expect to have over 60 providers and 30 employers during the event,” he said. ”This event is open to offenders and their families who are hoping to become and remain ex-offenders but also anyone in south St. Petersburg and from around the county looking for employment and services that are open to anyone needing assistance, not just ex-offenders.”
Last year the showcase had more than 600 people come through. Jalazo expects more than 70 providers at the showcase, including Clearwater Neighborhood Family Center, Art Conservatory for Teens, Pinellas County Veterans Services, Gulfcoast Legal, Narcotics Anonymous, SPC, Pinellas MYcroSchool, the Department of Children and Families and many others.
He urges all those seeking employment to put their best foot forward at the fair.
“Absolutely dress to impress if you can,” Jalazo pointed out. ”We will have a clothes closet to help as well on site. Resumes are always a good idea, but we always offer resume prep on site as well. The best thing someone can bring with them is a positive attitude and willingness to get to work!”