Looking for work? East St. Louis Jobs Fair set for Monday

News-DemocratApril 4, 2014 

AP GRAPHIC

— More than 40 representatives from various public agencies and companies will be in East St. Louis on Monday for a Jobs Fair.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center.

East St. Louis Mayor Alvin L. Parks, Jr. said he is excited about the opportunities for residents and expects at least 200 people to walk away with a job "or very good prospects for a job."

Among the prospective employers is the Illinois State Police, which Parks said is looking to hire 25 police officers. Others include McDonald's, Schnucks, Subway and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The event, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta's East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter and the city of East St. Louis.

Adriann Adams Gulley, president of Delta Sigma Theta East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, said her organization is sponsoring the event "to encourage and stimulate the citizens of East St. Louis and to empower them under our economic development program."

The job fair is open to all ages 16 and older and not just for East St. Louis residents. Bill Kreeb, executive director of Lessie Bates Neighborhood House said residents from St. Clair County and Madison County are welcome to attend the job fair, too.

"There's going to be between 40-50 representatives there. Some of the jobs will be high-level professional jobs where college degree will be required. Some of them will not require college degrees," Kreeb said.

Kreeb said, "The Neighborhood House and Catholic Urban Programs wants to get our young parents here. If they don't get a job, it's very important to see what it takes to get hired, what the challenges are."

Parks said applicants should bring at least 30 resumes, a positive attitude and be dressed for success, and be prepared mentally and physically to go through the interviewing process.

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