A job fair will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 25th, 2015, at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center at 639 York Street in Quincy.

A job fair will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 25th, 2015, at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center at 639 York Street in Quincy.

Older workers, veterans and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to attend, but all persons seeking employment are welcome. Any employers who have not yet registered to participate are urged to sign up while space is still available. The job fair is entirely free, with no charge for either job seekers or employers.

The day begins with four workshops for job seekers. Topics include guidance on job searching, interview skills and the importance of an “elevator speech.” A panel of local employer representatives will offer valuable insight on the job-seeking process. These free sessions promise to provide excellent support to individuals seeking employment.

The job fair then kicks off at 10 a.m., with senior workers, veterans and persons with disabilities as the priority until 11:00 a.m.; the fair will continue for all job seekers from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. The job fair is co-sponsored by the West Central Area Agency on Aging, Experience Works, Inc., John Wood Community College and the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois.

“We want to do all we can to help these individuals obtain employment,” said Laura Megown of the West Central Area Agency on Aging. “This is a chance for both applicants and employers to find each other and make the connections that will benefit them both. Anyone currently seeking employment should not miss this.”

Kip Colgrove of Experience Works, a national organization that serves job seekers 55 and older, concurred. 

“We want to help create opportunities. By working together, our agencies hope to provide a forum where employers and applicants can gather under one roof.” Colgrove said. “We are fortunate in this area to have both a great workforce and excellent employers.  We want to make it easier for them to get together.  We hope everyone will take advantage of this and plan to be there.”