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Third annual Rangel Career Fair brings hope

11/21/2013, 1:36 p.m.

Rep. Charles B. Rangel hosted his highly anticipated third annual Rangel Career Fair on Nov. 12 at the City College of New York (CCNY), connecting thousands of prospective employees with scores of America’s leading businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

The event offered eager job-hunters valuable networking opportunities and the chance to obtain valuable advice and information from more than 70 of the country’s top employers. The 2013 Rangel Career Fair is part of Rangel’s continued effort to spur economic recovery in the 13th Congressional District of New York, which includes upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx.

“America’s economic recovery begins with creating jobs in the community,” said Rangel. “I thank President Lisa S. Coico and her outstanding staff at CCNY for once again assisting my office with the great mission of providing opportunities for those seeking a new career. Our continued partnership will ensure a pathway for hundreds of people searching for gainful employment to achieve the American dream.”   

The 2013 Rangel Career Fair was a remarkable success, attracting masses of professionally dressed recent graduates, senior citizens, veterans and constituents of all backgrounds, who entered the door by the hundreds, sporting handsome smiles and crisp résumés. Attendees were given employer description lists and maps with which to locate their specific jobs of interest among the numerous job booths that occupied the entirety of the Great Hall’s 16,465-square-foot room.

As envisioned by Rangel, participants were able to engage representatives of America’s financial, health care, law enforcement, retail, technology, transportation and construction sectors, as well as learn about many government entities offering job placement services and career assistance. Employers accepting résumés onsite attracted especially large lines of applicants and benefited from the opportunity of canvassing for qualified candidates. Individuals seeking work were able to share their business cards, while companies were able to market their firms by distributing business pamphlets. Attendees who did not bring résumés were able to receive the New York State Department of Labor’s résumé-building services.

“When companies come to our career fairs, they cannot help but admire our skilled workforce,” said Rangel. “Many of the businesses that participated in the previous years showed up once again, because they know that employees from our district are ambitious, intelligent and, most of all, hardworking.”

The 2013 Rangel Career Fair brought representatives of many prominent firms and organizations, including Aflac, Cablevision, the Transportation Security Administration, New York State Police, North American Power, Rapid Reality, SiriusXM, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Time Warner Cable, U.S. Secret Service, MetroPlus Health Plan, Metropolitan Transit Authority, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Postal Inspectors, New York Life Insurance Company and many more.

Rangel has fruitfully strengthened employment in the 13th District to include 884,402 workers, decreasing the unemployment rate by 0.7 percent since last year. The unemployment rate within the district is currently 7.1 percent, which is underneath the current state average of 7.6 percent. Despite gaining ground in the fight against unemployment, Rangel still believes there is much to be done to promote jobs for his community.

“America’s private sector economy is holding strong,” said Rangel. “Over 200,000 jobs were created nationally last month, and it would have been greater if it weren’t for the GOP government shutdown. Democrats know that the only way we can grow our economy is by nurturing our unemployed workforce, and this career fair is my ongoing effort to foster an active workforce in our beloved district.”