Greater Lafayette Commerce Hosts Second Chance Career Fair | Community

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Greater Lafayette Commerce hosted the Second Chance Career Fair at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds earlier Wednesday.

“You can assume what an employer does, but until you really talk face to face about what they do, you can find out more about them.”

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, the annual Second Chance Career Fair opened its doors again to people re-entering the workforce after being incarcerated or recovering from substance use disorder. The six-hour hiring event was free to all job seekers and hosted dozens of employers looking for new faces. These included companies in the manufacturing, catering, hospitality, logistics and construction sectors.

All the companies present are ready to hire the most qualified job seekers, whatever their origin. Even so, Greater Lafayette Commerce Workforce Development Manager Kara Webb says it’s difficult to find candidates.

“Recruiting is extremely difficult right now and a lot of that is due to COVID communication,” said Kara Webb, GLC’s Director of Workforce Development.

The turnout at the event, however, did not reflect this. According to Webb, more than eighty people attended the job fair. These eighty were able to speak face to face with these companies, just as Webb had hoped.

The event had three sections, a ‘ready’ room to organize and print your CV, a ‘ready’ room to meet with all potential employers and a ‘go’ room for additional support services.