'New Life' job fair for ex-offenders and convicted felons will be held this week in Chattanooga

'New Life' job fair for ex-offenders and convicted felons will be held this week in Chattanooga

April 2nd, 2019 by Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

Tony Taylor works on writing down two positive traits for introducing himself during job interviews in the job preparation class during the Career Preparation Day for A New Life Job Fair at the American Job Center in the Eastgate Towne Center on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The preparation day offered haircuts, business attire, resume and interview classes and other resources.

Photo by C.B. Schmelter

Convicted felons and ex-offenders will have a chance at landing a job later this week at the New Life Job Fair.

The city of Chattanooga and American Job Center Tennessee are partnering again to to give former inmates the tools they need and a chance to prove themselves in the workplace.

The two-day program starts with a career prep day on Thursday.

MORE INFO

WHAT: "A New Life" Career Prep Day and Job Fair

WHERE: American Job Center, 5600 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421

WHEN: Career Prep Day: Thursday, April 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Job Fair: Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

COST: Free

MORE INFO: Call 423-643-6705 or email dmaddox@chattanooga.gov to register.

Those in attendance will be taught how to prepare resumes, dress professionally and interview effectively, as well as guidance on the expungement process. They also will have access to free haircuts and clothing for job interviews the next day.

"Many of the men and women re-entering our communities often don't know where or how to start looking for a job," said Troy Rogers, public safety coordinator for the city.

Men and women of all ages have attended past job fairs. They gather early in the morning at the American Job Center offices in the Eastgate Town Center and then break into smaller groups for crash courses on résumé building, interview skills and how to "dress for success."

Ex-offenders need that support because they have so many hurdles to overcome when they're released or they risk the possibility of ending up back in jail, Rogers has previously said.

"There are child support payments, fees, court fines and/or state fines that have to be paid."

But Friday's job fair "is an opportunity to provide folks with the right tools, training and confidence for a second chance at life," Rogers said in a statement.

Participants in the program must pre-register prior to April 4 and will be required to complete the career prep day on Thursday in order to participate in Friday's job fair. To register call 423- 643-6705 or emailĀ dmaddox@chattanooga.gov.


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